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This week you can celebrate Mardi Gras with a New Orleans brass band, see a photo exhibition about what it means to have a home and to leave one, and enjoy a screening of a drama about two very different Irish sisters. Scroll to the bottom of this post to get your fill of the latest in arts news, reviews, and ticket sales. Don’t forget to cast your votes for Best of D.C.—the polls close this Sunday, March 3 at midnight. And while you’re at it, join City Paper at Solid State Books this Sunday to hear D.C. natives tell their stories. —Kayla Randall


The Dirty Dozen Brass BandAt the heart of New Orleans is the big brass band. That’s the way it has always been and that is how it shall continue to be. On any given night in the city, you can hear the glorious sound of a symphony of horns calling. The New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band have been creators of that sound for as long as most people in town can remember, officially founded in 1977. The band is joy, and love, and pure New Orleans euphoria—the soul of a city. Read more>>> The Dirty Dozen Brass Band perform at 8 p.m. at The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $25–$30. (202) 769-0122. thehamiltondc.com. (Kayla Randall)

Country folk singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash, performs at the Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $29–$69.

Electronic DJ and producer CID takes the stage at U Street Music Hall. 10:30 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15–$20.

Nina Nesbitt, a Scottish singer-songwriter who has described her music as “suburban pop,” performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15–$50.


Place and DisplacementAndrew Currie and Patricia Howard are photographers, but in their joint exhibition at Photoworks, they are urbanists at heart. Currie photographs the suburbs of Northern Virginia, though he focuses less on its leafy residential precincts than its concrete highway barriers, deserted pedestrian plazas, and desolate parking lots. His square images are generally limned in inky black-and-white, but one standout breaks the mold by capturing a speeding Metro train in striking cyan tones. Howard’s works, meanwhile, are notable less for their imagery than their backstory. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to March 3 at Photoworks at Glen Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Free. (301) 634-2274. glenechophotoworks.org. (Louis Jacobson)

Grammy-winning string quartet Kronos Quartet performs works by composers from the original seven countries “banned” under the Trump administration at Sixth & I. 8 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $45.

Atlanta dream pop and rock band Deerhunter brings the sounds of its eighth album to 9:30 Club. 6 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.

The National Geographic Museum presents Queens of Egypt, a new exhibition about the women and culture of ancient Egypt. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1145 17th St. NW. $10–$15.


Metal HeartNow in its 13th year, the Capital Irish Film Festival, presented by the AFI Silver and Solas Nua, offers the best in contemporary Irish cinema. And Metal Heart, a coming-of-age drama, proves the universality of the human condition—especially when it comes to teenagers. Read more>>> The film screens at 7:30 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $11–$13. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Pat Padua)

The Birchmere hosts a performance from acclaimed black, women-led a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, whose music is firmly rooted in African-American tradition. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $45.

Vocalist Anthony Kearns of The Irish Tenors performs at the Perry Belmont House, followed by a champagne toast. 3:30 p.m. at 1618 New Hampshire Ave. NW. $100.

The Music Center at Strathmore hosts American Girl Live, a new musical about five girls at summer camp—and the American Girl dolls they’ve brought with them. 6:30 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $30–$76.


Ron StabinskyIt’s hard to know where to place Ron Stabinsky in the context of jazz piano. He is an improviser and an avant-gardist—but not of the Cecil Taylor, relentless-atonal-blitzkrieg school. Instead, he starts in warm, richly rhythmic meditations that often develop into motifs that he can explore. Read more>>> Ron Stabinsky performs at 7 p.m. at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. $25–$30. (202) 331-7282. artsclubofwashington.org. (Michael J. West)

Noreum Machi, a band that plays traditional Korean music, performs at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Soft rock singer-songwriter Christopher Cross brings his Take Me As I Am tour to City Winery. 8 p.m. at 1350 Okie St. NE. $55–$75.

Author Elaine Shannon discusses at Politics and Prose her new book, Hunting LeRoux: The Inside Story of the DEA Takedown of a Criminal Genius and His Empire, an account of an outlaw criminal and his eventual downfall. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.


Senator Doug JonesIn 2017, Senator Doug Jones won an anomalous special election thanks in part to historic black turnout. Jones was the first Democrat to win one of blood-red Alabama’s Senate seats since 1992 (the last Dem to pull it off, Richard Shelby, switched parties soon after his election), and hungry Republican opponents are already lining up to unseat Jones in the 2020 cycle. Before his Senate run, Jones’ claim to fame was his record as a U.S. Attorney. Jones prosecuted white nationalists and domestic terrorists, including those responsible for the infamous 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham in 1963. Read more>>> Doug Jones speaks at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. (Will Lennon)

Originally from Baltimore and now based in Nashville, rock band The Dune Flowers perform at DC9. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th NW. $8.

Local author Kwame Alexander speaks at Solid State Books about his bestselling young adult books The Crossover and Booked, now available in paperback. 600 H St. NE. Free.

The National Museum of American History presents All Work and No Play: A History of Women’s Invisible Labor, a new display of domestic work clothes and other objects that illustrate women’s historic work across class and racial lines. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.


Cirkus Cirkör: Limits“When I was a child and took the boat from Finland to Sweden, I was trying to feel where the border was. I couldn’t imagine how there can be a border in something that is constantly moving,” says the narrator during the trailer for Cirkus Cirkör’s Limits. Director Tilde Björfors, founder of the Swedish contemporary circus company, conceived the 2016 show as a response to many European countries’ tightening of borders both to refugees and to each other using the circus arts of juggling, object manipulation, contortion, trapeze, and aerial somersaults as metaphors for fleeing war zones and crossing seas, and then adapting to new lives in new lands. Read more>>> The show runs to March 9 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $19–$85. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Ian Thal)

Bloom, a collection of sketches, drawings, and watercolors of flowers from the Archives of American Art is now on display in the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery. 11:30 a.m to 7 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.

German-born, Los Angeles-based pop singer NJOMZA performs at Songbyrd Music House. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $15–$20.

Metal-infused dubstep DJ and producer PhaseOne performs at Soundcheck. 10 p.m. at 1420 K St. NW. $8–$10.


Bali BabyWhen it comes to up-and-coming rappers—especially female ones—you’re either a Doll (like Asian Doll, Cuban Doll, and Dream Doll) or a Baby (like Yung Baby Tate and dudes Lil Baby and Sada Baby). The newest addition to the latter category is Bali Baby, a 21-year-old from Jacksonville, North Carolina, who migrated to the heart of hip-hop in Atlanta. Bali Baby has been on a tear for the last year or so, tackling Atlanta trap and SoundCloud rap with a dangerously cute aesthetic. Read more>>> Bali Baby performs at 8 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$15. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Chris Kelly)

Anacostia Arts Center hosts a Washington Improv Theater workshop accessible to anyone and everyone, regardless of experience. 7 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free.

Rock band Little Feat, which found fame in the 1970s, performs at The Warner Theatre. 8 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $43–$66.50.

Arena Stage presents a performance of JQA, a play about the life of President John Quincy Adams. 8 p.m at 1101 6th St. SW. $92.


News: D.C. natives write about their city.

Film: The Capital Irish Film Festival returns.

Film: Art is everywhere in the charming Ruben Brandt, Collector.

Theater: Spooky Action’s Among the Dead is a portrait of persistence.

Theater: Arena Stage’s The Heiress explores the intersection of love and wealth.

Theater: The devil infiltrates everything in Constellation’s The Master and Margarita.

Music: Skip Groff, 1948–2019.

Music: The Crate Digger—Circus Underwear.


Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for The Lonely Island, the comedy music trio featuring Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer, performing June 18 at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $65–$79.50.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for smooth Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas, performing July 12 at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $75–$575.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for renowned singer and guitarist Peter Frampton’s farewell tour, stopping at The Anthem on Sept. 11. 7:30 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $76–$1,076.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for folk singer-songwriter John Paul White, performing May 8 at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $22–$40.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for country-pop duo Florida Georgia Line, performing Aug. 3 at Jiffy Lube Live. 7 p.m. at 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. Prices will be released at the time of sale.

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