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2015 marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, and naturally, Ford’s Theatre has planned a season full of tributes to its most notorious claim to history. Instead of mounting a revival of Our American Cousin, the play Lincoln was watching when John Wilkes Booth shot him, the theater commissioned The Widow Lincoln, a speculative look at Mary Todd Lincoln’s life in the 40 days after her husband’s murder. Together with director Stephen Rayne, playwright James Still provides a nuanced and well-researched glimpse into the famous widow’s psyche post-tragedy. Read more >>> The play runs Jan. 23 to Feb. 22 at Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $25–$62. (202) 347-4833. fords.org. (Diana Metzger)
Goodbye fro-yo, hello danishes. Restaurateur Aaron Gordon has replaced his Penn Quarter frozen yogurt joint Tangysweet with a new Viennese-inspire coffee house and pastry shop called Bakers & Baristas. The newly opened spot offers a range of pastries—chocolate croissants, fruit tartlets—but it particularly prides itself on its made-from-scratch danishes. There restaurant also serves some simple sandwiches and Compass Coffee. Get more details on Young & Hungry. Bakers & Baristas, 501 7th St. NW. (202) 347-7895. bakersandbaristas.com (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Local bands Alarms & Controls, Laughing Man, Polyon, and Two Inch Astronaut perform at St. Stephen’s to raise funds for BlackLivesMatter DMV. Find more details on Facebook. 7 p.m. at 1525 Newton St. NW. $10 suggested donation.
Friday: Guadalajara-based duo Los Master Plus blends electronic, rock, and hip-hop influences to create a genre they call cumbiatrónico. They perform at Tropicalia tonight with producer G-Flux. 8 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $12.
Friday: Stop by Velvet Lounge for an evening of laughs from comedians Franqi French, Alli Hanley, Alyssa Cowan, Brittany Carney, Valerie Paschall, and Michele Sometimes. Proceeds benefit the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. 7 p.m. at 915 U St. NW. $5.
Friday: Celebrated funk bassist and fabulous dresser Bootsy Collins takes the stage with the Rubber Band at the Howard Theatre. 7:30 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $39.50–$75.
Saturday: Last summer, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels turned the National Building Museum’s Great Hall into an enormous maze that entertained the young and young-at-heart for hours. In November, he revealed an ambitious plan to overhaul the Smithsonian’s south campus by renovating the Castle and creating new, light-filled entrances to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and National Museum of African Art. Now, the Building Museum offers visitors a glimpse at how climate change concerns factor into his buildings around the world. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Mondays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3–$8. (202) 272-2448. nbm.org. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: Artisphere hosts the Rosebud Film and Video Festival, an annual showcase for experimental and innovative films created by artists working in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. 12:30 p.m. at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10.
Saturday: The Katzen Arts Center at American University reopens with five new exhibitions, including Silvia Levenson‘s “Identidad,” a mixed-media installation that tells the story of Argentina’s Dirty War. 11 a.m. at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free.
Sunday: According to the United Nations’ International Labour Organization, Brazil employs more domestic workers than any other nation in the world, and millions of them are campaigning for greater employment benefits. To examine how these workers fit into Brazilian society, filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro asked seven young people from different socioeconomic classes to film their maids over the course of a week. He turned that footage into Housemaids, a documentary that generated plenty of conversation when it was released commercially in Brazil last year. The film comes to D.C. as part of a National Gallery of Art–sponsored series on contemporary Brazilian documentarians. Read more >>> The film shows at 4:30 p.m. at the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: Explosive Brooklyn-based Jew-punk act the Shondes close the weekend at the Black Cat Backstage. Local band Trophy Wife and New York’s Wojcik open the show. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
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