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This week you can watch the ultimate arts showdown, reflect on the struggles of American veterans suffering from PTSD, and see an R&B sensation live. Check out the latest arts news, reviews, and ticket sales at the end of To Do This Week. Be sure to come out and celebrate this International Women’s Day at our Luce Unplugged showcase, tonight at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. —Kayla Randall


Super Art FightCombine the fun of a game of Pictionary with the intensity of a high noon gunfight from a spaghetti western. Now set all that to the tune of a Monday Night Raw episode and you’ve got Super Art Fight, a contest that has pitted teams of creatives against each other for more than a decade. Read more>>> The event begins at 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Will Lennon)

The Lincoln Theatre presents an evening with genre-blending country band The Mavericks. 8:30 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $45–$55.

Classic music ensemble The Montrose Triopianist Jon Kimura Parker, violinist Martin Beaver, and cellist Clive Greensmith—performs at The Barns at Wolf Trap. 7:30 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $40.

The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage hosts Coldness & Lightness, a conceptual dance work in which eight dancers move through the dimensions and polarities of a tenuous landscape. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.


Depicting the InvisibleThe traditionally members-only Army and Navy Club has opened its doors to the public on Saturdays as it displays Depicting the Invisible: A Portrait Series of Veterans Suffering from PTSD. The exhibition, created by artist Susan J. Barron, highlights the prevalence of PTSD in the American veteran community, showcasing portraits of many American military vets who have survived the trauma of war and are living with post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to April 13 at the Army and Navy Club, 901 17th St. NW. Free. (202) 628-8400. armynavyclub.org. (Abigail Cruz)

The National Museum of the American Indian hosts Honoring Queen Lili’uokalani, a program in which University of Michigan professor and Native Hawaiian Amy Stillman, along with Kumu Hula Manu Ikaika and Halau Hoʻomau I Ka Wai Ola O Hawaiʻi, will perform the queen’s songs and discuss their impact. 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. at 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free.

Stand-up comedian and former The Daily Show contributor Demetri Martin performs at The Warner Theatre. 10 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $37.50.

The Howard Theatre hosts Puerto Rican salsa romantica music star Maelo Ruiz. 11 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $49–$95.


Jazmine SullivanNo matter where you are in the make-up-to-break-up cycle, Jazmine Sullivan has a song for you. Whether you’re busting windows after infidelity, going in circles with a broken relationship, letting love burn you up, or facing a love that’s scarier than lions, tigers, and bears, she has made the perfect tune for the situation. Read more>>> Jazmine Sullivan performs at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $59–$119. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Chris Kelly)

Girl Meets World actress and fledgling pop star Sabrina Carpenter performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $35.

London jazz five-piece Ezra Collective performs at Songbyrd Music House. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $15–$18.

Atlanta rapper J.I.D. brings his Catch Me If You Can tour to MilkBoy ArtHouse. 8 p.m. at 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park. $65–$99.


BloomBloom: Flowers in the Archives of American Art is right on time. As we rapidly, hopefully, approach the spring, the new Archives of American Art exhibition features the work of skilled artists who have taken inspiration from the natural world to present works in progress, a kaleidoscope of artistic floral displays. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Oct. 6 at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-7940. aaa.si.edu. (Malika T. Benton)

The Theater at MGM National Harbor hosts longtime British rock group Jethro Tull for the band’s 50th anniversary tour. 8 p.m. at 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill. $35–$99.50.

Profs & Pints presents Understanding the Mueller Investigation, a talk in which white-collar crime expert and former federal prosecutor Randall D. Eliason gives an informative overview of the history and current status of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into the 2016 presidential election, at The Bier Baron Tavern. 6 p.m. at 1523 22nd St. NW. $12–$15.

Generation Citizen CEO Scott Warren discusses his new book Generation Citizen: The Power of Youth in Our Politics, which champions the political participation and activism of youths across time, at Solid State Books. 7 p.m. at 600 H St. NE. Free.


Abby MaslinOf her husband TC’s determined battle to recover from a severe traumatic brain injury, Abby Maslin writes in Love You Hard: A Memoir of Marriage, Brain Injury, and Reinventing Love, “I didn’t know people could be so brave. Or that their strength was tied inextricably to their struggles, not to their victories.” There are plenty of victories and struggles in this young wife and mother’s powerful testament to the complexities of courage, caregiving, and not giving up. Every page breathes with emotionally honest insights and humor, brought to life through solid craftsmanship. Read more>>> Abby Maslin speaks at 6:30 p.m. at East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. (202) 290-1636. eastcitybookshop.com. (Diana Michele Yap)

Artist collective DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency presents a poetry open mic night at Bossa Bistro. 7:30 p.m. at 2463 18th St. NW. Free.

Climber and National Geographic contributing writer Mark Synnott speaks about his new book about climbing history and culture, The Impossible Climb, at the Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium on the National Geographic Campus. 7:30 p.m. at 1600 M St. NW. $25.

Vancouver folk singer-songwriter Dan Mangan performs at DC9. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12.


Jogging“The common element in all of my performances in Lebanon has been shock,” said playwright-actor-activist Hanane Hajj Ali in The National about her one-woman, semi-autobiographical play Jogging. Performed in Arabic with English subtitles, Jogging is the artistic manifestation of Hajj Ali’s own experiences jogging through Beirut, an exercise that began as stress relief (and a preventive measure against osteoporosis) and evolved into a meditative study of the city, the role of women in society, and a consideration of the mythological character Medea. Read more>>> The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $15. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Amy Guay)

Texan rock quartet Nothing More performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring with other rock acts Palisades, Of Mice and Men, and Badflower. 6:30 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $26. 

Author César Brioso discusses Last Seasons in Havana: The Castro Revolution and the End of Professional Baseball in Cuba, his book chronicling the Cuban revolution’s impact on professional baseball, at One More Page Books. 7 p.m. at 2200 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington. Free.

Indie rockers Mother Mother perform at Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $16–$18.


Andrew RannellsWhen it comes to talk show guests, actor Andrew Rannells is one of the best. If he’s interviewed alone, he’ll share embarrassing or dishy stories about growing up in the Midwest, his early jobs in New York, or memorable moments on Broadway—whether that’s forgetting his lines as King George III in Hamilton or enjoying a quickie during the intermission of Hairspray. Read more>>> Andrew Rannells speaks at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $20–$45. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Caroline Jones)

Soul singer Remember Jones performs a tribute to late singer Amy Winehouse at Union Stage, recreating her album Back to Black with a 12-piece orchestra. 9 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15–$30.

Marking 400 years since the transatlantic slave trade began in the Americas, The Phillips Collection continues its run of Jeanine Michna-Bales: Photographs from the Underground Railroad, an exhibition featuring selections of Bales’ photos capturing the sites that freedom-seekers traveled to along the Underground Railroad. 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 1600 21st St. NW. $10–$12.

U Street Music Hall hosts East London-based house DJ and producer Riva Starr. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15–$20.


News: Celebrate Women’s History Month at our Luce Unplugged showcase today.

Film: Woman at War is a quirky Icelandic film with an environmental message. 

Film: The New African Film Fest returns to highlight the continent’s thriving film culture.

Film: True ’90s kids will treat Captain Marvel with guarded skepticism.

Museums and Galleries: Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez gets her first—and long overdue—museum survey at the Phillips Collection.

Music: The Heartbreak Hotel is a required stop in October ’71‘s new music video.

Music: Classical music is overwhelmingly male—The Boulanger Initiative wants to change that.


Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for country music stalwarts Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss, performing together on June 19 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. 7 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Prices will be released at the time of sale.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for ’90s alt rock band The Smashing Pumpkins and former Oasis lead guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, performing together on Aug. 17 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. 7 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Prices will be released at the time of sale.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Grammy-winning bluesman Fantastic Negrito, performing on June 3 at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $20–$35.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for soul singer-songwriter Jamila Woods, performing on June 4 at Union Stage. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $16–$55.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for indie rock band The National, performing on June 19 at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$95.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for pianist and rock-pop artist Ben Folds and folk punk band Violent Femmes, performing together on July 30 at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$259.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for club-folk band Judah & the Lion, performing on Sept. 12 at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $35–$100.

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