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12 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for Feb. 23-25 – including pro sports action and dynamic concerts


Atlas Theater and H Street Country Club on H Street NE - Things to do in Washington, DC

Atlas Intersections Festival
Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE hosts the Intersections Festival annually, masterfully combining theatre, dance, poetry, music, film, writing, sculpture, photography and arts of all kinds into weeks’ worth of intellectual excitement. New this year: a workshop series and an expanded Youth Summit. Witness the finest creativity that DC can offer, and do so at one of the city’s most prestigious venues located in one of its most vibrant neighborhoods. The festival runs through March 11.
The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Bradley Beal Dunking at Capital One Arena - Washington Wizards Basketball in Washington, DC

Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte Hornets
The hometown Wizards will take on the Charlotte Hornets in the heart of Chinatown at Capital One Arena, rocking special jerseys in honor of Chinese New Year. The celebration will feature talent all over the court, as the Wizards look to Bradley Beal and Otto Porter to lead them to victory as they square off against Dwight Howard, Kemba Walker and the Hornets.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Musical Performance at the 9:30 Club Concert Venue - Concerts in Washington, DC

Railroad Earth
Railroad Earth rose from Stillwater, NJ to become monsters of the festival circuit. Their unique brand of music combines rock and roll, jazz, Americana, blue grass and Celtic music to create quite the jam band stew. Their following is robust, so 9:30 Club has offered up its digs for shows on Friday and Saturday night.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Savion Glover’s All FuNKD’ Up The ConCert
One of the world’s greatest tap dancers is bringing his artistic brilliance to The National Theatre for two nights this February. Savion Glover’s incredible percussive skill comes from his feet, and during this concert, he will be joined by a six-piece band and an entire company of dancers to perform original compositions. You’ll have two chances to get funk’d up by Glover and his crew.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


'The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar Iran' at the Freer|Sackler Gallery - Free museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC

‘The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar Iran’
In 19th century Iran, there were no selfies. Portraits and studio photographs were the only way to convey the appearance of rulers, so royal figures of Qajar such as Fath-Ali Shah (a contemporary of Napoleon) and Nasir al-Din Shah (a contemporary of Queen Victoria) used this form to showcase their grandeur and power. More than 30 pieces from the Freer|Sackler collections make up this exhibit that highlights how Persian artists made nobility shine through Aug. 5..
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Freer|Sackler Galleries, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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'DIAVOLO' at the Kennedy Center - Performing arts in Washington, DC

The innovative dance ensemble DIAVOLO brings its talents to the Kennedy Center on both Friday and Saturday night. Two compositions are on tap for this dynamic performance. Passengers finds subjects that are caught in between shifting states of mind, constantly searching for their identity – expect intense light effects. The Veterans Project: A Long Journey Home is an uplifting program that will feature military veterans onstage, highlighting their stories and how they can achieve great successes in post-service life.
2 p.m. & 8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW Washington, DC 20566

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DC Rollergirls - Events in February in Washington, DC

DC Rollergirls
DC Rollergirls launch their 11th season at DC Armory on Saturday. The DC All-Stars will face off against the Charlottesville Derby Dames in intense roller-rink action, and in the second match of the doubleheader, the DC Rollergirls’ National Maulers squad will play Charlottesville’s B-level team. Expect fast-paced, physical action as these ladies determine the queens of the derby.
4:30 p.m. |  Tickets
DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Crowd Outside Historic Howard Theatre in Shaw - Events in Washington, DC

Method Man & Redman
This boisterous hip-hop duo is responsible for a classic album and a cult classic film, equipped with hilarious rapport that has made them beloved by an entire generation of fans. Method Man got his start with the Wu-Tang Clan, but quickly became a solo superstar. Redman has been bringing his own ruckus since the early ‘90s, a Def Jam legend whose humorous rhymes pair perfectly with Method Man’s technical brilliance. The Howard Theatre will be jumpin’ for this one.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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NRBQ at The Hamilton Live - Concerts in Washington, DC

Through more than four decades and numerous lineup changes, NRBQ has remained one of rock’s preeminent bar bands, cranking out their playful yet remarkably precise take on rock, R&B, pop, rockabilly and jazz. Fend off the temptation to couch-sit and head to The Hamilton Live for an energetic Saturday night set.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Hamilton Live, 600 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005


@mattschmalzel - Visitors at the National Gallery of Art on the National Mall - Free art museum in Washington, DC

‘Heavenly Earth: Images of Saint Francis at La Verna’
St. Francis famously received the stigmata at La Verna, and this new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art fully explores the artistic interpretations of this mystical moment. There will also be numerous other examples of Franciscan imagery from the 1400s to the 1700s, all drawn from the Gallery’s extensive holdings, that reveal significant artistic developments and important historical context. The exhibit is open through July 8.
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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'Hold These Truths' at Arena Stage - Theater and performing arts in Washington, DC

‘Hold These Truths’
This Arena Stage production boldly addresses America’s Japanese internment camps during World War II, constructed in response to the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Hold These Truths details the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, an American son of Japanese immigrants who fought the courts to honor the values on which the U.S. was built. Don’t miss this thought-provoking, and surprisingly humorous, play that is relevant for our times. Hold These Truths runs through April 8.
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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@wwwchris - Concert at The Anthem on the Southwest Waterfront - Events at The Wharf in Washington, DC

Tyler, The Creator & Vince Staples
Tyler, The Creator became a household name in 2011 and has consistently kept his fans guessing ever since. Not a stranger to controversy, Tyler is known for his no-holds-barred style of rapping, as well as his affiliation with the Odd Future collective. In 2017, he showed a more soulful side on Flower Boy, which many critics considered his best album yet. At this show at The Anthem at The Wharf, he’ll be joined by Vince Staples, another hip-hop star who released a critically acclaimed, stylistically surprising album in 2017 in the form of Big Fish Theory.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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