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This week you can trudge through the snow to experience the concepts of eternity and infinity in a real-time art exhibition, see a pair of female-led indie rock bands, and learn about a legendary Led Zeppelin performance that may or may not have ever happened. Check out updated theater deals for furloughed employees as the government shutdown continues and don’t miss the latest in ticket sales at the bottom of this newsletter. —Kayla Randall


Everything in ExistenceEverything in Existence encompasses the magnitude of the concepts of eternity and infinity, and what they mean to us. The new ARTECHOUSE showcase is the first solo North American exhibition from acclaimed Italian artist studio fuse*. It has four multimedia installations welcoming gallery visitors to experience several impressions (or ideas) of reality specifically designed to digitally emphasize those concepts—eternity and infinity—which are much bigger than we can ever imagine. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to March 10 at ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Ave. SW. $8–$20. dc.artechouse.com. (Malika T. Benton)

Dance/electronic DJ Destructo performs at Soundcheck. 10 p.m. at 1420 K St. NW. $20–$25.

Local folk-rock quartet Eddie From Ohio performs at The Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $42.50.

John Oates, one half of the bestselling soft rock duo Hall & Oates, performs for a second night at The Barns at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $42–$47.


Gabby’s World and YowlerA show featuring Yowler and Gabby’s World is a chance to go through the looking glass and explore the pains and processes of being an artist. Maryn Jones, who has also performed in the bands All Dogs and Saintseneca, fronts Yowler. She considers Yowler a more personal side project, and their first album was noted for its depressed, barebones style. Read more>>> Gabby’s World perform with Yowler at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St. NW. $13–$15. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Will Lennon)

The Lincoln Theatre presents Story District’s Top Shelf, a night of true-life spoken word stories. 8 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $35–$45.

The Barns at Wolf Trap hosts an evening of Indian dance from the Indian Dance Educators Association. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$27.

Alt rock bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven perform at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.


Led Zeppelin Played HereOn Jan. 12, 1969, quintessential arena rock band Led Zeppelin released its very first album. Eight days later, still largely unknown in the United States, the Zep came to Maryland and played a concert for 50 local teenagers in the gymnasium of the Wheaton Youth Center. Or maybe they didn’t. While there are those who swear that they attended this very concert, others vow that the whole story is a myth, or a prank, or some sort of odd fever dream. So what really happened? Read more>>> The film screens at 8 p.m. at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8–$13. (301) 495-6720. afi.com/silver. (Justin Peters)

Signature Theatre welcomes Broadway singer Margo Seibert for a concert in support of new album 77th Street. 4 p.m. at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $38.

U Street Music Hall hosts Shady Pines, a 1980s dance party featuring DJ Matt Bailer. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. Free.

Indie singer-songwriter Jackie Cohen performs at Songbyrd Music House. 8:30 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. Free.


Let Freedom Ring: Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes MitchellBroadway babies have received a very special gift this Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell, stars of the beloved 1996 musical Ragtime, are reuniting at the Kennedy Center to headline its annual Let Freedom Ring concert and celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy. Read more>>> Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell perform at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Caroline Jones)

Smooth-voiced neo-soul singer Angie Stone performs at The Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $59.50.

Writer Matthew Quirk speaks at Politics and Prose at The Wharf about his fifth thriller, a classic spy story called The Night Agent. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.

Take a free one-hour walking tour of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building to learn about its art and architecture. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 10 1st St. SE. Free.


Mick JenkinsAlthough he probably wouldn’t call it that, Mick Jenkins makes conscious rap—that strand of lyrically lithe hip-hop that stays laser focused on knowledge of self and sociopolitical concerns in the face of conspicuous consumption. While its popularity ebbs and flows, it’s as old as hip-hop itself, with its seeds planted by proto-rap progenitors The Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron. Read more>>> Mick Jenkins performs at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I, 600 I St. NW. $22–$25. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Chris Kelly)

Suns Cinema presents Cats vs. Dogs, a night of cat and dog video screenings. 8 p.m. at 3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW. Free.

The Kennedy Center Concert Hall screens Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, with the National Symphony Orchestra playing the score in real. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $35–$119.

Irish author Catherine Doyle comes to Solid State Books to speak about her middle grade fantasy book The Storm Keeper’s Island. 7 p.m. at 600 H St. NE. Free.


Cultural Fusion: The Gamelan ExperienceWay back in 1889, long before the invention of SoundCloud, musicians had to physically go places to hear music from other parts of the world. Such was the draw of the Exposition Universelle, the world’s fair that was held in Paris that year, which introduced the then-new Eiffel Tower to the world, but perhaps more importantly introduced French composer Claude Debussy to gamelan, the percussive traditional music of Indonesia. Read more>>> The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $15–$65. (202) 537-6200. cathedral.org. (Mike Paarlberg)

Soul vocalist Dante’ Pope performs a skills workshop at The Mansion at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free.

Oregon experimental rock band Grails performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15.

The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows present a night of chamber music and solo performances at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.


WindhandFor those about to methodically groove, Windhand repeatedly bang their head to salute you. Over the course of four full-lengths, the Richmond doom metal band has steadily become one of the genre’s most beloved and consistent acts. Last year’s Eternal Return—produced by famed Pacific Northwest grunge producer Jack Endino—is Windhand at their most tuneful but not at the cost of heaviness. Read more>>> Windhand perform with Genocide Pact at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Matt Siblo)

Country-pop star Kacey Musgraves performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$150.

City Winery hosts Irish folk-bluegrass artist Danny Burns for his North Country album release party. 8 p.m. at 1350 Okie St. NE. $17.

Country singer and American Idol season 10 winner Scotty McCreery performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $29.50.


News: Federal employees, be they essential or furloughed, can use their IDs to claim discounted theater tickets.

  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is offering feds 15 percent off seats to its upcoming run of BLKS, opening Feb. 4, with the online code SHUTDOWN.
  • Arena Stage is offering free tickets to furloughed federal employees with valid government ID for select performances of Kleptocracy, Jan. 18–23, and The Heiress, Feb. 8–13. Limit two tickets per household with the offer code ArenaFREE. Offer expires Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019.
  • Studio Theatre is offering feds 20 percent off tickets to its productions of Admissions, opening Jan. 16, with the online code DCisOPEN.

  • Signature Theatre will present a special performance of its upcoming Judy Garland cabaret for government workers (military and civilian) only on Jan. 23.

  • Herndon’s NextStop Theatre is offering furloughed workers 50 percent off weeknight tickets to its production of [title of show], running through Jan. 27, with the online code FED19.

  • Although the Kennedy Center receives some federal funding, performances will continue as scheduled. Check out free shows every day at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage.

Film: Cold War rushes through a timeless romance.

Film: Glass is a clumsy end to M. Night Shyamalan‘s “superhero” trilogy.

Film: A recreation of Ben’s Chili Bowl is coming to the Sundance Film Festival.

Museums and Galleries: At the IA&A at Hillyer, three regional artists tackle themes of nostalgia, recollection, and deterioration.  

Music: The Scene Report: Dreamcast, TK Echo, Griefloss, and Aertex.


Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Australian alternative dance music group Rüfüs Du Sol, performing at The Anthem on Aug. 8, 2019. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $35–$55.

Reserved seats go on sale at 10 a.m. for English pop crooner Bryan Ferry, performing at The Anthem on Aug. 13, 2019. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $75–$250.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Canadian singer-songwriter Mac Demarco, performing at The Anthem on Sept. 20, 2019. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $44–$79.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for local Celtic rock band Scythian’s St. Patrick’s Day performance at Union Stage on March 17, 2019. 7 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $22–$40.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for indie band The Antlers’ 10-year Hospice album anniversary show on March 28, 2019 at The Miracle Theatre. 8 p.m. at 535 8th St. SE. $25–$30.

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