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This week a techno connoisseur, a balaclava-clad rapper, and whimsical avian artwork await you, D.C. Scroll to the end of To Do This Week to check out the arts news and reviews you can use, including the return of the Wammies, and see the latest in ticket sales. Oh, and your Peeps dioramas are due by Sunday night. See last year’s contest winners for inspiration. —Kayla Randall


Maceo PlexAfter three months touring, Maceo Plex will bring his finale to Flash, D.C.’s DJ-loving neon lounge. The techno connoisseur, known for Brooklyn warehouse raves and cosmic soundscapes, is an innovator. Spending decades as a producer and DJ, his success was slow to unfold. But today, Maceo Plex is top ranked on the ticket site Resident Advisor, and he sells out venues in Ibiza and Amsterdam. The Mutant Romance EP is the first from his MPLX project, a label he formed for experimentation. The tracks are simple yet prismatic, with a slow and spectral build of interlaced synths. Read more>>> Maceo Plex performs at 8 p.m. at Flash, 645 Florida Ave. NW. $20–$40. (202) 827-8791. flashdc.com. (Tori Nagudi)

Dance-electronic DJ Big Wild performs at 9:30 Club. 6 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.

Folk trio Mountain Man performs at The Barns at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$30.

NAH., a psychedelic indie rock band from the D.C. area, perform at Pearl Street Warehouse. 8 p.m. at 33 Pearl St. SW. $12.


Leikeli47The first thing you’ll notice about Leikeli47 is the bandana-balaclava that conceals her face in every press shot and at every show. Unlike contemporaries like The Weeknd, H.E.R., and even the DMV’s once-masked GoldLink, the Brooklyn rapper hasn’t let that mask of anonymity slip, even as her profile has risen. Instead, she’s tried her best to keep the focus off her identity and on her music. That approach paid off on last year’s Acrylic, a somewhat conceptual record that serves as a tour through her borough and its smattering of sounds. Read more>>> Leikeli47 performs at 8 p.m. at MilkBoy ArtHouse, 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park. $20–$25. (240) 623-1423. milkboyarthouse.com. (Chris Kelly)

The Fillmore Silver Spring welcomes hip-hop legends and Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon. 8:30 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $29.50.

The Birchmere hosts the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, a showcase of unaccompanied vocal harmony music. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50.

D.C. dance group Company | E puts on a show which combines live music and dance to visually take its audience through the solar system. 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $20.


Visions and ReflectionsRoberto Fernández Ibáñez’s photographs are poetic, verging on the mystical. His exhibition at Glen Echo Photoworks features four distinct series, two largely abstract and two that are more representational. One series consists of rust-hued tableaux that mimic cave drawings, frequently punctuated by thick handprints. Another series, made in black-and-white, depicts whimsical avian forms the artist assembled from natural debris and then scarred with primitive strokes, using chemical and mechanical manipulation. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to April 14 at Glen Echo Photoworks, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo. (301) 634-2274. glenechophotoworks.org. (Louis Jacobson)

See the 2019 Wammie Awards, D.C.’s award show recognizing local artists and part of the two-day Wammie weekend, at The Lincoln Theatre. 7 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $25–$45.

R&B-pop icon and queen of shade Mariah Carey performs at The Theater at MGM National Harbor. 8 p.m. at 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill. $128–$624.

Folk-rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Erin McKeown performs at Jammin Java. 2 p.m. at 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. $15–$17.


Daveed DiggsWhether you know him for his impish take on Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway hit Hamilton, his holier-than-thou appearances in ABC’s Black-ish, his experimental hip-hop group clipping., or as the star of Blindspotting, you probably feel like you know Daveed Diggs. The interior life of this Oakland-born multi-hyphenate is far from unknown—he has appeared in Esquire and on Another Round, but this Monday, when he joins NPR’s Ari Shapiro at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, should prove illuminating. Pairing a thoughtful, funny actor with an interviewer who asks the right questions always makes for an entertaining evening. Read more>>> Daveed Diggs speaks at 7:30 p.m. at Sixth & I, 600 I St. NW. $75–$1000. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Will Warren)

Politics and Prose hosts a book talk with writer and activist Anuradha Bhagwati who discusses Unbecoming, her memoir about ditching the Ivy League to join the military and battling racism, misogyny, and abuses of power. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 

D.C. soul-new jack swing singer Tony Terry performs at City Winery. 8 p.m. at 1350 Okie St. NE. $35–$40.

Beloved function band The Bachelor Boys Band performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. Free.


Votes for Women: A Portrait of PersistenceOpening just in time for the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence spans seven National Portrait Gallery rooms and more than a century of history to paint a complex narrative of women’s suffrage in America. Browse more than 120 portraits, objects, and biographies curated by Kate Clarke Lemay, historian at the National Portrait Gallery and coordinating curator of the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative. From showcasing the women of the 1800s to meditating on the 19th Amendment, and from banners to engravings, this exhibition highlights those women whose vital contributions we have overlooked, and pays careful attention to the struggles of women marginalized by a movement meant to serve an entire gender. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Jan. 29, 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW. Free. (202) 633-8300. npg.si.edu. (Amy Guay)

Signature Theatre opens Unforgettable, a tribute show for jazz legend Nat King Cole featuring local jazz pianist Mark G. Meadows. 8:30 p.m. at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $38.

Spacey alt rock band Muse performs at Capital One Arena. 7:30 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $43.50–$325.

Croatian-Slovenian cellist duo 2Cellos performs at EagleBank Arena. 8 p.m. at 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $35–$65.


Three World PremieresD.C.’s top designers, New York fashion darlings, and famous Danish musicians all contributed to three dances receiving world premieres this week with The Washington Ballet. It’s a lineup that sounds intriguing even without name-dropping the trio of choreographers who have been laboring in the studio. Ethan Stiefel (forever familiar to ’90s teenage girls as Center Stage bad boy Cooper Nielson) returns to create his second piece for the company, and has chosen Scandinavian folk tunes recorded by the Danish String Quartet as his score, which the quartet will perform live. Read more>>> The show runs to April 7 at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $25–$100. (202) 362-3606. washingtonballet.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

Oddball piano-pop band Don’t Stop or We’ll Die performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $13–$15.

Bestselling author and satire master David Sedaris comes to the Music Center at Strathmore for a night of stories and social commentary. 8 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $39–$79.

Tony-winning theater star and singing powerhouse Idina Menzel performs at the Kennedy Center Gala, held in the Eisenhower Theater. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $99–$299.


Sloane CrosleyBest-selling essayist and novelist Sloane Crosley’s writing has earned high praise from The New YorkerWashington PostSeattle TimesEntertainment WeeklyPublishers Weekly, and Steve Martin, to name a few. She returns to D.C. to discuss her new essay collection about her misadventures, Look Alive Out There, originally published last year and soon to be released in paperback. Crosley’s previous work includes the essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, and the novel The Clasp. Her work is multifaceted: She writes with wit and clarity. She’s funny and revealing. Her writing is lean, fast, and artful, packed with self-deprecation and sharp observations. You feel in on the joke, but still surprised by what she has to say. Read more>>> Sloane Crosley speaks at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. (Graham Roth)

Solid State Books hosts authors Malka Older and Arkady Martine to discuss speculative fiction’s depictions of culture, politics, protests, and government oversight through the prisms of their own work. 7 p.m. at 600 H St. NE. Free. 

Genre-blending Houston singer-songwriter Robert Ellis performs at Songbyrd Music House. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $15.

Suns Cinema screens The Odd Couple, the much-loved 1968 film about two very different divorced men who decide to share a New York apartment. 8 p.m. at 3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW. $8.


Film: The Beach Bum is a half-baked prestige film. 

Film: The Brink is an unflinching—and ultimately withering—portrait of Steve Bannon

Theater: Ford’s Theatre’s Into the Woods is a feast for the eyes. 

Theater: Keegan’s Hands on a Hardbody picks up plenty of social issues.

Theater: Theater J brings a Yiddish drama back to life in The Jewish Queen Lear.

Music: After a three-year absence, The Wammies—the region’s long-running local music awards—are back. 

Music: Samuel Prather taps into multiple grooves on his new album.


Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Jordan, Jesse, Go!, a weekly comedy podcast, performed live at The Miracle Theatre on June 28. 8 p.m. at 535 8th St. SE. $20.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Rockville rock band O.A.R., performing at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept. 7. 6:30 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $45.50–$75.50.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for folk band The Head and the Heart, performing at The Anthem on Oct. 3. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $54.50–$250.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Easton art pop singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers, performing at The Anthem on Oct. 7 and 8. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $45–$75.

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