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Get over that Valentine’s Day hangover by checking out James McNeill Whistler‘s Peacock Room, viewing Ella Fitzgerald‘s books, and listening to the sweet live vocal harmonies of Boyz II Men. Scroll to the bottom to find the latest in news and reviews and ticket sales. —Kayla Randall
The Peacock Room RevealedThe Peacock Room at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery—the interior design fantasia of the American artist James McNeill Whistler—is arguably the most delightful space in Washington, D.C. But the story behind the room is almost as delightful as the room itself. In 1876 and 1877, Whistler took it upon himself to surprise his friend and patron Frederick Leyland by covering his new dining room top-to-bottom with “peacock-inspired” blue-and-gold designs while Leyland was away. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to mid-April at the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW. Free. (202) 633-1000. freersackler.si.edu. (Justin Peters)
The Kennedy Center Family Theater hosts a performance of She A Gem, a tale from playwright Josh Wilder about three Philadelphia teens who form a double dutch team. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $20.
Capital Comedy Festival, featuring a lineup of comedians such as Sommore, George Wallace, DC Young Fly, and Tony Rock, takes place at DAR Constitution Hall. 8 p.m. at 1776 D St. NW. $52–$75.
Longtime Illinois rock band Cheap Trick performs at The Theater at MGM National Harbor. 8 p.m. at 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill. $29.50–$69.50.
Ella’s BooksOn the second floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture is an exquisite personal library worth exploring—that of jazz queen Ella Fitzgerald. Museumgoers can now learn more about Fitzgerald the person, known mostly for her virtuosic, dazzling, and dynamic voice. While the voice of the First Lady of Song is of course significant, so is her extensive and vibrant book collection. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Dec. 31 at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (844) 750-3012. nmaahc.si.edu. (Malika T. Benton)
EagleBank Arena hosts its Valentine’s Love Jam featuring performances from R&B stars Tyrese, Ginuwine, Avant, 112, and Next. 8 p.m. at 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $59–$99.
Blues musician Daryl Davis presents Thanks for the Memories, a tribute to beloved musicians who died in 2018, at The Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50.
Dutch music producer and multi-instrumentalist Nicolay performs live with contemporary jazz band The Hot At Nights perform at City Winery. 8:30 p.m. at 1350 Okie St. NE. $20–$25.
Boyz II MenIf Valentine’s Day didn’t deliver on romance this year, there’s not only one man, but three men—Boyz II Men—who are ready to celebrate all through the night. They may not literally “Make Love to You” but they’ll certainly serenade you at their concert, featuring a mix of some of their classic ’90s R&B hits with newer songs from their more recent albums like 2014’s Collide and their 2017 doo-wop album Under the Streetlight. Read more>>> Boyz II Men perform at 8 p.m. at The Theater at MGM National Harbor, 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill. $170–$299.47. (844) 346-4664. mgmnationalharbor.com. (Diana Metzger)
The Fillmore Silver Spring hosts Throwback Throwdown, featuring go-go legends Rare Essence, Trouble Funk, and E.U. 7:30 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $27.
Soul singer-songwriter Marsha Ambrosius performs at The Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $59.50–$125.
Noise rock band Daughters performs at Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $18–$20.
Key!Back in 2014, Atlanta rapper Key! looked primed for a breakthrough. With his gruff and gravelly voice, he stole the show on a pair of rap favorites, OG Maco‘s “U Guessed It” and Father‘s “Look At Wrist,” with off-kilter scumbag couplets like “I can’t eat no breakfast, fall asleep in intersections.” The breakthrough didn’t come, but he certainly influenced rap in his hometown and beyond, as his weirdo take on Atlanta trap rap served as the foundation for today’s SoundCloud-dominated stage. Read more>>> Key! performs at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $25. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Chris Kelly)
Dance-pop artist Robert DeLong performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $17–$30.
Dream pop and alt-R&B singer Empress Of performs at Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15–$17.
Anacostia Arts Center hosts The Vagina Monologues East of the River, with 25 women telling their stories, among them women who advocate for victims of domestic violence and those who were formerly incarcerated. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. $15.
Adia VictoriaAdia Victoria’s music hits like a tidal wave. The South Carolina native makes forlorn tunes about the South set to gritty, bluesy roots instrumentals. She came crashing onto the scene in 2016 with her debut album Beyond The Bloodhounds, on which she croons in her ethereal voice about black Southern misery. Read more>>> Adia Victoria performs at 8 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $13–$15. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Kayla Randall)
Writer Valeria Luiselli speaks at Politics and Prose about her book Lost Children Archive, a nonfiction account of her time as a volunteer interpreter of Central American migrants. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
British soul singer-songwriter Jacob Banks performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.
Irish-American Celtic music supergroup Cherish the Ladies performs at The Barns at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$30.
Beyond The Lyrics Featuring CecilyUnwind amid the vinyl record store aesthetics and laid-back vibe of Adams Morgan’s Songbyrd Music House while viewing a screening of the first episode of the Beyond The Lyrics series relaunch. Featuring performances by and conversations with local DMV artists and creators, this installment of Beyond The Lyrics spotlights singer-songwriter Cecily. A D.C. native known for her vulnerable storytelling, Cecily has opened for acts including jazz and soul artists Gregory Porter and José James, as well as alternative soul pioneer Bilal. Read more>>> The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St NW. $5. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Amy Guay)
Early aughts pop icon Aaron Carter performs at Jammin Java. 7:30 p.m. at 227 Maple Ave. E. $20–$30.
Grammy-winning producer and contemporary R&B artist MNEK performs at Union Stage. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $17–$35.
Songbyrd Music House hosts a listening party for folk group Our Native Daughters‘ album Songs of Our Native Daughters, a project inspired by the legacy of discrimination in America. 7 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. Free.
Ganja & HessBill Gunn was the prolific author of more than two dozen plays, two novels, and a handful of screenplays. He directed just three films, but one of those is Ganja & Hess, an atmospheric, experimental horror movie released in 1973. Duane Jones, the survivor of Night of the Living Dead, stars as Dr. Hess, a rich anthropologist who develops a thirst for blood after his assistant (Bill Gunn) stabs him with an ancient ceremonial dagger. Read more>>> The film screens at 8 p.m. at Suns Cinema, 3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW. $10. sunscinema.com. (Pat Padua)
English electro-pop artist James Blake performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $48.50–$78.50.
Post-punk band Gang of Four performs at U Street Music Hall. 6:30 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $25.
Famous flamenco dancer Farruquito performs at The Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $38–$68.
NEWS & REVIEWS YOU CAN USE
Film: You’ll want to look away from Never Look Away.
Film: Isn’t It Romantic both subverts and adheres to tired genre tropes.
Museums and Galleries: At GWU, Robin Bell‘s projections send a strong message.
Museums and Galleries: Local students join Parkland artists in exhibition on gun violence in Chinatown.
Theater: Political and cultural tensions arise in Mosaic’s Shame 2.0 with Comments from the Populace.
Theater: The bodies pile up in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Richard the Third.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for actor and rapping legend Ice Cube, performing on March 7 at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$95.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for contemporary R&B stars Jorja Smith and Kali Uchis, performing together on April 28 at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $45–$75.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Father John Misty’s co-headlining show at Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 21. 7 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $45–$75.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for trippy soft rock project Drugdealer, performing on July 16 at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15–$30.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for hip-hop artist DDG, performing on March 29 at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15–$30.
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