Best bets this weekend: ‘The Convert,’ Ai Weiwei film fest and the final Fatback

February 15, 2013

If you're not suffering from a post-SOTU, post-Mardi Gras, post-Valentine's desire to shut yourself in your bedroom and watch "Downton Abbey" for the entirety of the long weekend, there's a lot that might rouse you to leave the house. Woolly Mammoth offers bargain-seekers a way to see its anticipated new play "The Convert," the Hirshhorn ramps up all things  Ai Weiwei to kick the show's last week, and DJs celebrate Dilla.


Nancy Moricette stars in "The Convert." (Photo by Scott Suchman)
The Convert

Written by actress and playwright Danai Gurira ("Walking Dead," "Eclipsed"), "The Convert" follows a young African woman who grapples with village strife by becoming a Christian, only to re-evaluate her choices when an anti-Colonial movement takes hold. On Friday, the theater hosts a pay what you can performance at 8 p.m.

Leo: The Anti-Gravity Show

This physical show follows a man who's trapped in room and must use his wits, his body and little else to attempt to get out, and more important, stay sane. Montréal actor William Bonnet stars in this import from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It's at Artisphere Friday and Saturday night.

Ai Weiwei film marathon

If you still haven't been to the monumental Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Hirshhorn yet, here's your chance to catch up on the artist and his work before the show closes Feb. 24. Beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, the museum will be screening four films by and about the profoundly political Chinese artist. Here's the schedule: 11 a.m.,  Ai Weiwei’s "So Sorry";  12:15 p.m.,   Alan Yentob’s "Without Fear or Favour"; 1:30 p.m.  Ai Weiwei’s "Fairytale";   4:15 p.m. Ai Weiwei’s "Disturbing the Peace."

The final Fatback

For five years, the eight DJs of Fatback have provided some of the sweatiest, grooviest, euphoric nights of dancing in the nation’s capital, spinning anything  from Aretha Franklin to Luther Vandross to the Jacksons. After five years,  the Fatback boys are wrapping up their run at Liv after one final throwdown. They’ll be taking over all three levels of the building – Bohemian Caverns, 11th and U Streets. 10 p.m.

D.C. Loves Dilla

Every February, a posse of D.C.'s best selectors  tag-team their way through the catalog of the departed but always celebrated hip-hop super producer J Dilla, who worked with A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, the Pharcyde and Common. Find the party this year at U Street Music Hall.

The Evens

There are still tickets left to Friday's Evens show at St. Stephens church, but don't expect them to last very long at the door, given that the latest project of Ian MacKaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat) and Amy Farina is a rare sighting in Washington, and is soon Coachella-bound.  The Positive Force show kicks off at 8 p.m.

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