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After a week away, City Lights is back with a roundup of things to do and people to watch. However, if it looks a little slim today that’s because so much good stuff was already highlighted in last week’s Spring Arts Guide, which includes tonight’s book talk at Little District Books with Dr. Jake Newsome, author of Pink Triangle Legacies: Coming Out in the Shadow of the Holocaust; Friday’s Betty Who show at the Anthem; and Rio street band Monobloco at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park on Saturday. Not to mention, RIOT! Funny Women Stand Up, Margaret Cho, and Black Violin.
Friday: SHE:DC Art Show Opening Party at La Cosecha
In honor of Women’s History Month, Shop Made in DC is back with SHE:DC. The monthlong initiative, now in its third year, is meant to illuminate women identified makers. SHE:DC kicks off with an art show opening party at La Cosecha on March 10, but there will be curated art shows throughout the month featuring more than a hundred local artists, panel discussions, and pop-ups with emerging businesses. All proceeds of the initiative go to the SHE:DC microgrant, which will be awarded to the winners of the final pitch competition at the end of the month. Shop Made in DC founder Stacey Price emphasized that, like their stores, SHE:DC is a way to gather and invest in local artists. And, despite the “She” in the title, Price noted that your pronouns don’t have to be “she” to be a part of the initiative. SHE:DC Art Show Opening Party runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on March 10 at La Cosecha, 1280 4th St. NE. shopmadeindc.com. $18.92–$24.57. Additional events scheduled throughout the month. shopmadeindc.com. —Hannah Docter-Loeb
Friday: Native Sun and Cinema Hearts at the Runaway
Brooklyn rockers Native Sun are rolling through D.C. this weekend, bringing their quintessential early aughts-esque thrills to the Runaway. Sources (mainly the band’s bio) say that you simply can’t talk about New York’s rock scene without talking about Native Sun, and anyone wanting to return to those Meet Me in the Bathroom days will get a nostalgia boost with their sound. But equally exciting for Friday’s lineup are Cinema Hearts. The local ex-pageant queen meets power-pop band fronted by the former queen herself, Caroline Weinroth, put on an enthralling show full of high-energy theatrics and tiaras. Melding ’60s girl-group sounds with surf guitar riffs and pop punk, Cinema Hearts grow bigger by the show, so don’t miss the chance to be able to say you saw them when. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. on March 10 at the Runaway, 3523 12th St. NE. therunawaydc.com. $14.64–$17.85. —Sarah Marloff
Saturday: National Hip-Hop Museum Induction and Opening Ceremony at 1919 18th St. NW
New York City might be the birthplace of hip-hop music, but the nation’s capital is making a significant contribution to the culture with the creation of the new National Hip-Hop Museum located in the heart of Adams Morgan. The museum will officially open their brand-new, 6,000-square-foot facility on March 11 with a Grand Induction Ceremony for legendary rappers CL Smooth, Special Ed, and Dres of Black Sheep, as well as the grand opening of the museum’s flagship retail and event space. “Watching the museum grow from pop-up experiences to induction ceremonies to an art gallery to a retail space and dispensary is truly a thing of wonder!” Master Gee of the pioneering rap group Sugarhill Gang and NHHM’s executive director, tells City Paper. “Our dispensary, the Orbit Shop, will release limited edition cannabis strains in honor of each inductee.” The hip-hop museum is the brainchild of now CEO Jeremy Beaver, aka DJ Boom, who also owns Listen Vision Studios, the renowned production studio on Georgia Avenue NW. In the works since 2019, the official NHHM location will contain the largest selection of hip-hop memorabilia on the East Coast including vintage apparel, sneakers, toys, and records. “Our new location serves as the place where all aspects of the museum come together,” says Beaver. “Events, inductions, cannabis, art, and, most importantly, a lot of fun!” The opening ceremony kicks off Saturday with a special red carpet hosted by Grandmaster Caz and NHHM historian Jay Quan, and featuring VIP guests DJ Doo Wop, DJ Kool, D.C. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio, Events DC President and CEO Angie Gates, Rock the Bells Radio, and other music industry luminaries and media outlets. Inductee Special Ed and DJ Akshun Love will perform. The National Hip-Hop Museum’s Grand Induction Ceremony and Opening Party starts at 4 p.m. on March 11 at the National Hip-Hop Shop, 1919 18th St. NW. hiphopmuseumdc.org. $108.55–$188.58. —Sidney Thomas
Ongoing: Prayer and Transcendence at GWU’s Textile Museum
Prayer rugs in the Muslim faith are the physical dawn for daily prayer, offering safe, clean spaces for worship and involving religious iconography for spiritual connection with God. The George Washington University Textile Museum’s exhibition Prayer and Transcendence explores prayer rugs from across the Muslim world, drawing parallels between rugs of different origins and spotlighting thematic emblems. Over centuries through Hajj (religious pilgrimage), Muslims curated a global identity. Prayer and Transcendence displays rugs dating back to the 16th century through the 19th century and takes visitors through the distinct and bridged regions of Ottoman Türkiye, Safavid Iran, and Mughal India. Muslims across these years and lands practiced prayer while compassed by prayer rugs connected by motif iconography—archways leading to the botanic, idyllic kingdom expressed in the Quran; lamps to light the path and affinity to God and community; and trees and pitchers to symbolize fruits of virtue. Idols of crescent moons and stars, composed by contemporary day iconography to represent knowledge, date back to Ottoman Türkiye rugs, as shown in the exhibition. Prayer and Transcendence demonstrates how prayer rug iconography remains a thread connecting modern-day Muslims to God and a centuries-old community. Prayer rug motif icons represent the theology, culture, and history of the Muslim faith, transcendent of time and territory. On Saturday, March 11, present-day calligraphy masters Aishah Holland and Nihad Dukhan will lead a daylong workshop with a tour, artist talk, and Islamic calligraphy workshops. Prayer and Transcendence runs through July 1 at the Textile Museum at the George Washington University, 701 21st St. NW. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. museum.gwu.edu. Free.—Anupma Sahay