It’s the most wonderful time of the year—so head to a stage production about black barbershops, see a pair of contemporary photography exhibitions, and learn how to hold on to your “alien” this week. —Kayla Randall 


Barber Shop ChroniclesBrexit may be closing down British borders, but the U.K.’s National Theatre remains intent on opening new worlds. Barber Shop Chronicles, a 2017 play that enjoyed successful runs at the National last year and now runs at the Kennedy Center, invites audiences to eavesdrop on black barbershops around the world. Read more>>> The show runs to Dec. 1 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $29–$99. (202) 467-4600. J. Ritzel)

Folk-pop singer-songwriter Steve Forbert performs at Union Stage. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $20–$25.

The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage hosts a Hamilton singalong, featuring noted D.C. musical theater performers saluting the creators of the groundbreaking musical. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Swing and jump blues band The Brian Setzer Orchestra performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$125.


Narrative: Contemporary Photography and the Art of StorytellingIt’s not every day that an exhibition showcasing 14 diverse artists offers consistently impressive work, but Studio Gallery’s group show Narrative: Contemporary Photography and the Art of Storytelling manages to pull it off. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Dec. 1 at Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. Free. (202) 232-8734. (Louis Jacobson)

U Street Music Hall hosts the Majestic Casual Showcase, featuring performances from genre-defying indie and experimental artists on the Majestic Casual record label. 10:30 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $25–$30.

Rock group Kurt Vile & The Violators perform at 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $31.

Indie rock artist Soccer Mommy performs at Black Cat. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15–$17.


How to Keep an AlienLove may be a universal language, but if you fall for a foreign national, good luck convincing your country’s government. In How to Keep an Alien, Sonya collects a massive paper trail—from intimate emails to utility bills—and presents it as evidence to Irish immigration authorities who have the pleasure of determining whether Sonya’s Australian girlfriend Kate can remain in the country, or whether she’s on the next flight back to Oz. Read more>>> The show runs to Dec. 16 at Dance Loft on 14, 4618 14th St. NW. $35–$45. (765) 276-8201. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

Pop a cappella group Pentatonix performs at The Anthem. 7 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $59.50–$149.50.

Virtuoso fiddler Eileen Ivers performs at The Barns at Wolf Trap. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $27–$32.

Parker Gispert, lead singer of rock trio The Whigs, performs at DC9. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12.


The InternetWith breezy bedroom beats and lush late-night grooves, The Internet began seducing modern lovers everywhere in 2011 with its digital approach to acid jazz. Core members, vocalist Syd (formally known as Syd Tha Kyd and hip-hop group Odd Future’s DJ) and keyboardist Matt Martians, formed The Internet as a soulful reprieve from the rambunctious Odd Future boys. Read more>>> The Internet perform at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $35. (301) 960-9999. (Casey Embert)

Former White House photographer Pete Souza signs his book Shade, portraits of presidential contrasts between Obama and Trump, at Kramerbooks & Afterwords. 6:30 p.m. at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. $30.

Stormy Daniels talks about her memoir, Full Disclosure, with journalist Sally Quinn at Politics and Prose. 6 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

The Renwick Gallery continues its run of Disrupting Craft, its 2018 art invitational featuring the work of four artists across media. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free.


Robert GlasperNo one has done more to eradicate the “I listen to everything except for jazz” mindset than Robert Glasper, the Houston-born singer, pianist, and producer who has been a jazz heavyweight for more than a decade. One of the keys to Glasper’s success is his attitude about collaboration, which has seen him work with the likes of Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Common, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, and Meshell Ndegeocello. Read more>>> Robert Glasper performs at 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $59.50. (703) 549-7500. (Chris Kelly)

The National Geographic campus hosts “Getting the Story,” a night of conversation about the thrills and challenges of putting the magazine’s stories together. 7:30 p.m. at 1600 M St. NW. $25.

The Anthem hosts English indie synth-rock and pop band Bastille as part of DC101’s Office Party. 7 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$95.

Handbell performers the Peace Ringers and Carol Ringers present a handbell concert at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.


Endangered: From Glaciers to ReefsTwo art exhibitions at the National Academy of Sciences look forward and backward at global science and technology. In Endangered: From Glaciers to Reefs, Diane Burko uses mixed media to peer into the troubled present and future of glaciers and coral reefs in a time of extreme climate change. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Jan. 31, 2019 at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 334-2415. Jacobson)

Rock band Ministry performs at Fillmore Silver Spring. 7:15 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $17.50–$35.

Tenley-Friendship Library hosts an author talk with Daniel Pink, who will speak about his book that chronicles the science of time, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. 7 p.m. at 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free.

Swing and jazz group Chaise Lounge performs Christmas tunes at Blues Alley. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $25.


Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab WorldWorld news coverage seems to be the extent of American knowledge about photography in the Arab world. Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World eschews that, focusing instead on art, much of it deeply personal, published in the Dubai-based magazine Tribe. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Dec. 16 at the American University Museum, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 885-1300. (Louis Jacobson)

Singer-songwriter Patterson Hood, co-founder of the band Drive-By Truckers, performs at Pearl Street Warehouse. 9 p.m. at 33 Pearl St. SW. $30.

The Birchmere welcomes folk singer Lissie. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $25.

One More Page Books hosts author Brian Noyes to discuss and sign his cookbook Red Truck Bakery Cookbook. 6:30 p.m. at 2200 N. Westmoreland, Arlington. Free.


Theater: Edwardian drama resonates in contemporary times in An Inspector Calls

Museums and Galleries: At the American Art Museum, a look at the worlds of Bill Traylor.

Film: The Favourite is a costume drama that pulls no punches. 

Film: Reviews from the European Union Film Fest. 


Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for legendary rock band The Rolling Stones, performing at FedExField on May 31, 2019. 7:30 p.m. at 1600 Fedex Way, Landover. Prices to be released at the time of sale.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, performing at The Anthem on March 21, 2019. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $49.50–$73.

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