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Spring is about to be sprung, D.C. Now’s the perfect time to get out of the house and check out The Millennium Tour, featuring all your early 2000s hip-hop and R&B favorites, see the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington as they let freedom sing, and enjoy the legendary chamber music stylings of Olivier Messiaen. Be sure to check out the latest in arts news and reviews and ticket sales at the end of To Do This Week. —Kayla Randall
The Millennium TourCheck the schedules of your favorite music venues and you’re sure to find plenty of nostalgia, with artists celebrating anniversaries, playing classic albums front-to-back, and DJs dedicating nights to an entire decade. But what about nostalgia for a more specific experience, say, the prom after-parties and college bacchanals of a certain subset of millennials? For those who hit dance floors and clubs in the first half of the aughts, there’s the appropriately named Millennium Tour, featuring the rap-and-R&B hitmakers who defined the era with syncopated beats, sing-along melodies, and oversexed lyricism. The show begins at 8 p.m. at EagleBank Arena, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $79.50–$142.50. (703) 993-3000. eaglebankarena.com. (Chris Kelly)
DC9 hosts a 2000s music dance party, featuring music from artists like Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, and OutKast. 11 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $5.
Rock bassist and Phish co-founder Mike Gordon performs at 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $30.
The Barns at Wolf Trap welcomes singer and multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, performing with singer-guitarist Teresa Williams for a night of Americana music. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$30.
Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington: Let Freedom SingThe Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will be singing Whitney Houston’s enduring queer anthem “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and that’s pretty much all you need to know. Let Freedom Sing is the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s exultant, multi-genre musical tribute to African-American culture and its impact on the LGBTQ+ community. From one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ+ chorales in the nation comes a medley of stories and songs that emphasizes the specifics of the black American experience as well as our common humanity. The shows begin at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $25–$65. (202) 888-0050. thelincolndc.com. (Amy Guay)
R&B icon Erykah Badu performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $75–$145.
Folk and blues singer-songwriter Tom Rush performs with rock artist Matt Nakoa at The Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $45.
Politics and Prose hosts Christina Proenza-Coles who discusses her new book, American Founders, showing how African-descended people have played important roles in the evolution of the United States. 1 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
TranscendenceOlivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” is the greatest chamber music work of the 20th century, arguably the century’s best classical work overall, and certainly its most dramatic composition story. Messiaen wrote the work in a German prisoner of war camp after the French composer, who had been drafted into the French army as a medic, was captured by the Nazis. There it debuted in 1941, Allied prisoners playing it with decaying instruments in the rain. The war marked a critical juncture in Messiaen’s music, which after his release took a turn to the abstract as well as incorporating Asian influences. This piece reflects Messiaen’s two pre-war fixations—birds and Jesus—and is notable for its unusual quartet instrumentation: clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. The Chiarina Chamber Players will interpret this rarely performed work, which will be accompanied by Bartók and Pärt pieces, as well as a new documentary on Messiaen by D.C. filmmaker H. Paul Moon, debuting under far less dire circumstances than Messiaen experienced. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE. $10–$20. (202) 543-0053. stmarks.net. (Mike Paarlberg)
Brazilian ballad singer Roberto Carlos, considered the king of Latin music, performs at DAR Constitution Hall. 7 p.m. at 1776 D St. NW. $159–$199.
Southern blues rock band Widespread Panic performs at The Theater at MGM National Harbor. 8 p.m. at 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill. $69.
House music veteran producer Shiba San performs at Soundcheck. 3 p.m. at 1420 K St. NW. $20.
All Work, No Pay: A History of Women’s Invisible LaborThough there has been progress for women in the paid labor force, women are still overwhelmingly expected to be responsible for the never-ending unpaid work at home. This is the theme of the National Museum of American History’s new display, All Work, No Pay: A History of Women’s Invisible Labor. The display, which is part of the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative, #BecauseOfHerStory, showcases domestic work outfits and objects from colonial America to the 1990s—like aprons, house dresses, irons, and buttons from the 1970s Wages for Housework movement. The exhibition is on view to Feb. 2020 at the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 633-1000. americanhistory.si.edu. (Abigail Cruz)
Lifelong, whiskey-loving Texan and country-rock one-man band Scott H. Biram performs at City Winery. 8 p.m. at 1350 Okie St. NE. $18.
K-pop singer Sunmi performs at Lincoln Theatre. 7 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $65–$175.
British electronic duo Tender performs at Songbyrd Music House. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $12–$14.
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PangaeaLinette Tobin’s devilish smile makes it hard not to believe in her utopian visions. Like her music, the Pangaea frontwoman and percussionist is difficult to peg. Vivid, buoyant, and a bit unpredictable, the band’s emotionally rich melodies provide a gracious sampling of cross-cultural elements. Tobin, an immigration lawyer turned conga extraordinaire, formed Pangaea to celebrate pluralism. The group’s music and performances often feature songs in a minimum of four languages, with sound clips, like the pouring of water, and spoken word interludes. Pangaea’s Latin, Afro-Cuban, and West African influences reflect a desire to traverse the world’s spaces. Pangaea perform at 9 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St. NW. $7 suggested donation. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Tori Nagudi)
New York pop-punk band The Movielife performs at Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $18–$20.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum presents Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975, a new exhibition which showcases the artistic responses to the Vietnam War. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.
HOOPS, a rich photographic showcase of basketball courts from across the world, continues its run at the National Building Museum. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 401 F St. NW. $7–$10.
MansionairThe ethereal, multi-layered synth-pop sounds of Australian trio Mansionair are almost as soothing as the lyrics that accompany them. On “Astronaut (Something About Your Love),” lead singer Jack Froggatt sings, “Right now, I’m feeling like an astronaut. I fade into the thought of coming back to you.” His falsetto shines on the slowed-down song “Easier,” with the refrain, “Tell me it gets easier, that I’ll figure it out.” The words are powerful in their simplicity, describing emotions to which we can all relate. Mansionair perform at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Avery J.C. Kleinman)
Kramerbooks hosts Marina Perezagua who will discuss her book The Story of H, about a Japanese woman and an American soldier who go looking for a missing Japanese girl in the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing. 6:30 p.m. at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
The National Geographic Campus’ Grosvenor Auditorium hosts a virtual reality tour of Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. 7:30 p.m. at 1600 M St. NW. $35.
East Coast hip-hop artist Cormega performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $20–$40.
The REDress ProjectStunning red dresses sway just outside of the National Museum of the American Indian. The dresses are part of The REDress Project, an installation from Métis artist Jaime Black showing in the U.S. for the first time. Black’s installation, created in 2011, was designed to raise the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women through the hanging of red dresses—collected from community donations—in public spaces. The racialized, gendered violence against Indigenous women, particularly in the U.S. and Canada, has been recognized as a crisis and yet there remains little awareness of the issue. This Thursday, in concurrence with the installation, NMAI will host a symposium from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. called Safety for Our Sisters: Ending Violence Against Native Women, where speakers will explore the causes and effects of abuses Native women suffer, including disproportionately high rates of domestic violence, rape, and stranger attacks. The exhibition is on view to March 31 at the National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 633-1000. americanindian.si.edu. (Kayla Randall)
The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, a play about a loving black family from Flint, Michigan who experience a heart-wrenching, pivotal moment in American civil rights history while on a trip to the South, continues its run at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $20–$50.
The Comet is Coming, a London three-piece which blends elements of jazz, funk, rock, and electronic music, perform at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
The National Museum of the American Indian presents Section 14: The Other Palm Springs, California, an exhibition chronicling the land battle between Indigenous peoples and those in favor of Western expansion. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free.
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OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for folk singer-songwriter Dylan LeBlanc, performing on June 14 at Pearl Street Warehouse. 8 p.m. at 33 Pearl St. SW. $15–$18.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for pop-rock band Mini Mansions, performing on May 31 at DC9. 7:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $15–$18.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for indie folk singer Allman Brown, performing on May 10 at MilkBoy ArtHouse. 8 p.m. at 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park. $13–$15.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Irish electronic artist Talos, performing on May 1 at Union Stage. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $12–$15.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Silver Spring singer-songwriter and guitarist Bill Callahan, performing on July 14 at The Miracle Theatre. 7:30 p.m. at 535 8th St. SE. $30.
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