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Hometown-boy-made-good Eric Hutchinson is back in the DMV (he grew up in Takoma Park) with his band The Believers to promote his brand-spanking new fifth studio album, Modern Happiness. While this current album has all the soulful, upbeat hallmarks of Hutchinson’s singer-songwriter reputation, he’s added the special sauce of bringing his touring band into the studio with him. This choice leads the album to a much more lush and epic sort of sound than previous releases. That lushness is sure to fill The Lincoln Theatre with the kind of energy fans are used to from a Hutchinson live show—with a dose of extra-energized instrumentals. There’s certainly a demand for a bit of modern happiness these days in D.C., and it’s a nice gift for Eric Hutchinson to give back to the city that raised him and cultivated his voice. Read more>>> Eric Hutchinson & The Believers perform at 8 p.m. at The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $25. (202) 888-0050. thelincolndc.com. (Diana Metzger)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Longtime funk and soul group The Whispers performs at The Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $75.
Friday: The Allusionist, an award-winning podcast about language and why humans use it the way they do, unfolds live at The Miracle Theatre. 8 p.m. at 535 8th St. SE. $25.
Saturday: Shakespeare’s rarely produced comedy Measure for Measure is enjoying a short run at the Kennedy Center this week, and it’s presented in Russian with “no more scenery than you could pack in a U-Haul.” And yet, in his review of its previous showing, Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones was full of praise for its storytelling. Moscow’s Pushkin Theatre and the British troupe Cheek by Jowl first staged Measure for Measure together in 2013. In addition to lengthy runs in each company’s home city, the production has toured all over the world, from Australia to Denmark. Now it’s D.C.’s turn to host the international collaboration, which recasts the comedy as a contemporary spy thriller, complete with a Duke who could be Lenin, Gorbachev, or Putin. Thankfully, many of the original Russian cast members are still touring with the show, so the real-life KGB-types haven’t gotten to the actors yet. Declan Donnellan directs the critically hailed production, with design and projections helmed by Nick Ormerod. Read more>>> The show runs to Oct. 13 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $19–$75. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
Saturday: Arizona rock band The Maine performs at the Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $25.
Saturday: Soulful singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton performs at Jiffy Lube Live. 7 p.m. at 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. $34.75–$69.75.
Sunday: Tucked off next to one of the serene gardens in the National Gallery of Art is Corot: Women. The exhibition pays close attention to master landscape artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot’s works that were rarely seen outside his studio during his lifetime. These paintings are not his famous landscapes, but rather figures—exclusively of women from the mid-1830s to the early 1870s. On every exhibition wall, there are paintings of women in costumes or in nothing at all, divided into three categories: costumed single figures, nudes, and allegorical studio scenes. Rather than reflecting society’s expectations of female beauty at the time, Corot mirrored the “psychological presence” of each subject. The women are painted reading, gazing, dreaming, and thinking, allowing a peek into their innermost spaces as beings and showcasing their quiet beauty and strength. And his decision to let his style stray away from his age’s expectations helped lay the foundation for the exquisite painters to come. Thanks, Corot. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Dec. 31 at the National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Malika T. Benton)
Sunday: Author John Kaag discusses his book Hiking With Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are, about his pilgrimages to the village where Nietzsche once lived, at Politics and Prose. 5 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Sunday: Austin indie four-piece White Denim performs at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. for British folk group Mumford & Sons, performing at Capital One Arena on Dec. 14. 7:30 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $44–$299.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for old school Boston boy band New Kids On The Block, performing at Capital One Arena on June 25, 2019. 7:30 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $29.95–$179.95.
Tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. for longtime funk band Ohio Players, performing at The Birchmere on March 22, 2019. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $65.
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