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Seventeen women contributed images to the exhibition #PhotographForProgress at Leica Store DC, which aims to showcase “the female perspective.” The diversity of the images’ settings and the almost complete lack of context about the photographs’ locations and backstories make the exhibition almost disorienting—but individually, the images impress. Amanda Sophia Rose photographs two young women lounging on a car hood on a languid summer afternoon, while Rachel Demy skillfully harnesses low light to trace a reclining woman’s curves. Mioara Chiparus photographs a seated woman with a strikingly wrinkled face; Anna Indalegio unexpectedly captures a tear rolling down the cheek of a bus rider. Thematically, Deanna Templeton may express the exhibition’s goals most faithfully: Her image features a woman on a beach exultantly standing atop the hands of a man. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Nov. 7 at the Leica Store DC, 977 F St. NW. Free. (202) 787-5900. leicacamerausa.com. (Louis Jacobson)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Mortified, a live series—and now a podcast—that has been curating teen angst and embarrassing incidences through storytelling since 2002, unfolds live at Black Cat. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $17–$20.
Friday: Pioneering hip-hop artist MC Lyte performs at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater in celebration of the 30th anniversary of her debut album Lyte As A Rock. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $29–$89.
Saturday: H Street may have rapidly gentrified in the past five years, but the Atlas Performing Arts Center still doesn’t seem like the sort of joint where you’d go to hear a Metropolitan Opera singer debut a new leading role. It’s pretty cool that UrbanArias, a D.C. troupe dedicated to inventive contemporary opera, will open its season with renowned soprano Elizabeth Futral starring in Peter Hilliard’s The Last American Hammer. The plot of this new opera sounds ripped from the chyrons of a Colbert sketch: A deep state conspiracy theorist occupies a rural folk art museum after it receives a federal grant. A rookie FBI agent is assigned to the hostage case and attempts to calm a downtrodden American armed with the last hammers to roll off the assembly line at a hardware factory. Futral, who teaches at Baltimore’s Peabody Institute, will star as the quirky museum curator. Her previous crazy-lady roles include the title character in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera and Stella in the premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire at the San Francisco Opera. Is Hammer destined to soon hit a much larger operatic stage? Take the X2 bus to H Street, grab Sticky Rice or tacos, and find out. Read more>>> The show runs to Sept. 29 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $25–$45. (202) 399-7993. atlasarts.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
Saturday: Alt rock band Rooney, whose songs hold a special place in the hearts of fans of The O.C. and The Princess Diaries, performs at the Rock & Roll Hotel. 7:30 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $20–$22.
Saturday: Actress Reese Witherspoon speaks at The Anthem about her new Southern lifestyle book Whiskey in a Teacup, with special guest Zoe Kravitz. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $60–$400.
Sunday: Theater J is homeless while the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center on 16th Street undergoes a 10-month renovation that began this month. But being a vagabond troupe for a season has its advantages, and the company’s 2018-2019 offerings include shows that might’ve otherwise fit poorly in its home space. Up first is The Pianist of Willesden Lane, a piano recital and Holocaust drama that will be performed at the Kennedy Center. (FYI, this show has nothing to do with the 2002 Roman Polanski film, except for the Holocaust part.) The Pianist of Willesden Lane was written especially for Mona Golabek, the daughter of a pianist whose dreams of performing in Vienna’s finest halls faded into nightmares after Kristallnacht. The Los Angeles Times deemed Golabek’s 2012 homage to her mother “a deeply affecting triumph,” praise that bodes well for this itinerant Theater J production. Read more>>> The show runs to Sept. 30 at the Kennedy Center Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $44–$74. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
Sunday: Folk singer Noah Gundersen performs an acoustic set at The Miracle Theatre. 7 p.m. at 535 8th St. SE. $20.
Sunday: Author Miriam Pawel speaks at Politics and Prose about her book The Browns of California, centered on the Brown family who shaped California politics and the history of America. 5 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for country singer-songwriter Dylan Scott, performing at Fillmore Silver Spring on Jan. 19, 2019. 9 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $23.50.
Tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. for folk rock legend Melissa Etheridge, performing at the Birchmere on Nov. 26, 27, and 28. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $115.
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