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Lasting Impressions

Dumbarton Oaks 1703 32nd St. NW, Washington, DC

Byzantine seals make up this exhibit, providing a window into the social dynamics and family histories of the empire.

Free

Lasting Impressions: People, Power, Piety

Dumbarton Oaks 1703 32nd St. NW, Washington, DC

Curated by Jonathan Shea, this Dumbarton Oaks exhibit looks at seals from the Byzantine Empire, which were personalized by their owners to present information about their status, position, piety, and family. As of Dec. 7, timed ticket entry is required, but tickets are free.

Free

Nollywood Portraits

National Museum of African Art 950 Independence Ave. SW

The elegant stars of Nollywood—Nigeria’s $3 billion film industry—are the subjects of Iké Udé's Nollywood Portraits. Udé juxtaposes his subjects against colorful backgrounds and dark shadows, making for mesmerizing, surreal photos.

Free

We Shall Not Be Moved: Stories of Struggle from Barry Farm-Hillsdale

As part of a yearlong focus on housing equity and justice in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum will present the online exhibition, We Shall Not Be Moved: Stories of Struggle from Barry Farm-Hillsdale. The exhibit asks virtual visitors to investigate housing equity in Washington through the lens of the historic neighborhood Barry Farm-Hillsdale.

Free

Shear Madness

Kennedy Center 2700 F St. NW

A hair salon sets the scene for this wild and hilarious whodunit. Set in modern-day Georgetown, Shear Madness invites its audience to try and figure out who the killer is.

$58

Baseball: America’s Home Run

Smithsonian National Postal Museum 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., Washington, DC

America’s national pastime is the star of this exhibit, which showcases how baseball has been depicted in stamps and other memorabilia throughout history.

Free

American Portraiture Today

National Portrait Gallery 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC

The 42 finalists in this year’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition were selected from more than 2,700 entries. Their work challenges and democratizes portraiture, and will be on display at the Portrait Gallery before making rounds across the country.

Free

American Silence: The Photographs of Robert Adams

National Gallery of Art 4th St & Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC

For 50 years, Robert Adams has been capturing spacious, lonely American landscapes in a haunting black and white. American Silence features some 175 of the seminal photographer's images.

Free

American Silence

National Gallery of Art 4th St & Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC

The spacious, black and white photos of Robert Adams have been telling the story of the American West for decades. See that story come to life in this massive retrospective, which features some 175 works.

Free

Hamilton

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC

Love it or hate it, the musical that tackles culture, politics, and education, Hamilton is back in D.C. with its blend of hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway.

$59 – $399

Justice Arts Coalition Presents: Emergence

Workhouse Arts Center 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton, VA

An art exhibit showcasing more than 50 pieces of work from previously or currently incarcerated artists. A partnership between Justice Arts Coalition and Workhouse Arts Center, Emergence pays homage to the center's prison grounds past as well as spotlighting the country's carceral system. The show runs through Sunday, Oct. 16. The opening reception takes place […]

Free

the color purple

Signature Theatre 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA

Adapted from Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this musical version, directed by Timothy Douglas, has been nominated for 11 Tony Awards. Featuring a brilliant score of jazz, gospel, blues, and ragtime, the color purple follows the life of Celie for over 40 years from her youth when she's torn from her family and forced into […]