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This week you can head to the Renwick Gallery to see dynamic contemporary artwork, enjoy the pop music stylings of a New Zealand brother-sister duo, and see a classic Monty Python film. Check out the latest arts news and reviews and brand new ticket sales at the end of To Do This Week. —Kayla Randall
Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick GalleryFurrowed bands of elephant hide paper spiral in and out of each other. A translucent rainbow of color converges at the point of a glass bulb. Black faces and bodies illustrate a necklace of yellow glass beads. These small works of art are, respectively, “Hugging Circles” by Erik and Martin Demaine, “Mandara” by Lino Tagliapietra, and “Africa” by Joyce Scott––and they are all pieces that make up the Renwick Gallery’s dynamic permanent collection showcase centered on craft. Read more>>> The exhibition is ongoing at the Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. (202) 633-7970. americanart.si.edu. (Amy Guay)
Dancer Derek Hough, of Dancing with the Stars fame, performs at The Theater at MGM National Harbor. 8 p.m. at 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill. $26.82–$72.28.
Canadian electronic duo Tennyson performs at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.
Harmonizing sister folk duo The Secret Sisters performs at The Barns at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $25.
BroodsDuring the last decade, there’s been a special place in the pop music landscape for electro-pop duos, especially ones with a woman singing her guts out and a guy tinkering with samplers and synthesizers at the back of the stage (think AlunaGeorge or Purity Ring). New Zealand’s entry in this Wikipedia-ready list is Broods. A brood of two, the duo comprises siblings Georgia (the requisite vocalist) and Caleb Nott (the multi-instrumentalist). Read more>>> Broods perform at 8 p.m. at The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $25. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Chris Kelly)
R&B singers Monica and K. Michelle perform together at The Warner Theatre. 7:30 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $95.50–$225.
Comedian and actor Rob Schneider performs at The Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $45.
National Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven‘s Fifth Symphony at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $20–$109.
Life of BrianLife of Brian is the middle child of the Monty Python films, sandwiched between The Holy Grail and The Meaning of Life. Still, it is probably the most subversive and impactful thing the group ever produced, enduring enough to be quoted by theologians to this day and controversial enough to be banned throughout Ireland and parts of the United Kingdom upon its release. The story follows a regular Joe (or, more precisely, a regular Brian) living in Biblical Jerusalem. Read more>>> The film screens at 10 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)
L.A. indie band Kolars performs at DC9. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $15.
Roots rock singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $35.
Norwegian dream pop singer Anna Of The North performs at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
Marc RebilletFrom 4chan to black Twitter, electronic provocateur Marc Rebillet has been embraced by many denizens of the internet. Affectionately known as Loop Daddy, Rebillet has an infectious energy that is hard to ignore, even—and especially—while he’s wildly gyrating and crooning about buttholes or LAN parties. The experimental songwriter and producer has adopted an interactive kind of freestyle storytelling that truly comes to life behind a loop station and a keyboard. Read more>>> Marc Rebillet performs at 8 p.m. at Milkboy Arthouse, 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park. $15–$17. (240) 623-1423. milkboyarthouse.com. (Casey Embert)
Acoustic guitarist Peppino D’Agostino performs at Jammin Java. 7:30 p.m. at 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. $20.
Lakota, Virginia singer-songwriter Maddi Mae performs at Songbyrd Music House. 9 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $7.
Union Stage hosts a Hulu original comedy tour with comedian Ramy Youssef. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. Free.
You Can’t Take It With YouIn the 1938 Frank Capra classic You Can’t Take It With You, James Stewart plays the son of a banker primed to take over his father’s position when the family confronts a stubborn foe in Lionel Barrymore. It sounds like a dry run for It’s A Wonderful Life, which came along eight years later with several of the same actors. But this role is the flipside of evil Mr. Potter. Read more>>> The film screens at 4:30 pm at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8–$10. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Pat Padua)
DC Improv presents a live version of the We Hate Movies podcast, which uses bad movies as a starting point for long conversations. 7:30 p.m. at 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $25.
STOMP, the percussive hit that features performers using nonconventional items—brooms, garbage cans, and hubcaps—to make music, opens at The National Theatre. 7:30 p.m. at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $45–$69.
Punk rock trio Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mother performs at Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $25.
Acid Mothers TempleAcid Mothers Temple are a cosmic stew that punctuate hard rock, blues, and traditional music with a succession of psychedelic meltdowns. The group considers itself a “soul-collective,” a musical umbrella under which a number of sub-groups live—following so far? Under the Acid Mothers Temple umbrella, you will find Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O., Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno, and Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid, among others. Read more>>> Acid Mothers Temple perform at 7:30 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Will Lennon)
German author Thorsten Nagelschmidt, with translator Tim DeMarco, discusses his tragic dark comedy book For What It’s Worth at Solid State Books. 7 p.m. at 600 H St. NE. Free.
Pearl Street Warehouse hosts a free happy hour show featuring country artist Risa Binder and singer-songwriter Justin Trawick. 6 p.m. at 33 Pearl St. SW. Free.
Author D. Watkins speaks at Politics and Prose at The Wharf about his new book We Speak for Ourselves, which draws on his own experiences growing up in Baltimore to present a new framework for discussions about race and inequality. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.
No BS! Brass BandIf you’ve heard one brass band, you’ve heard ‘em all, right? This was exactly the sentiment that No BS! Brass Band attempted to foil with its founding. The 11-piece ensemble formed in Richmond (though one member, drummer Lance Koehler, does have the New Orleans pedigree) with the idea of taking on a progressive, more omnivorous edge that reflects the wide-open stylistic range of the Spotify era. Read more>>> No BS! Brass Band perform at 8 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. $16–$19. (877) 987-6487. unionstage.com. (Michael J. West)
Afrobeats singer Mr. Eazi performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $25.
Detroit proto-punk group Death performs at The Howard Theatre. 9 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $20–$59.99.
London-born, Berlin-based DJ Dax J performs at Flash with electronic artist James Demon. 8 p.m. at 645 Florida Ave. NW. $8–$15.
NEWS & REVIEWS YOU CAN USE
Theater: Checking into Signature’s Grand Hotel takes some effort.
Theater: Scena goes short with evenings dedicated to Pinter and Beckett.
Theater: Mosaic Theater pays tribute to Richard Wright in Native Son and Les Deux Noirs.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for blues-rock musician Gary Clark Jr. and folk-soul group Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, performing at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 25. 6:30 p.m. at 10475 LIttle Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Ticket prices to be released at the time of sale.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for comedians Michael Che and Cipha, performing at The Miracle Theatre on June 7, June 8, and June 9. 7:30 p.m. at 535 8th St. SE. $39.75.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for rock band Night Moves, performing at Union Stage on June 20. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $13–$15.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for country singer Tim McGraw and writer Jon Meacham’s joint Songs of America book tour, featuring a McGraw performance, at The Anthem on June 12. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$350.
Tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. for singing-songwriting pop artist Sara Bareilles, performing at The Anthem on Nov. 20. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$125.
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