Going Out Guide for the District of Columbia, Feb. 13-19, 2014


Daniel C. Jackson (St. Jimmy), Olivia Puckett (Whatsername), Jared Nepute (Johnny) in “American Idiot,” which begins its National Theatre run Tuesday. (Jeremy Daniel/Jeremy Daniel)
February 12, 2014
THU 13

Christian Finnegan This stand-up comic has appeared on Comedy Central, “Chappelle’s Show,” “Conan” and “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.” For age 18 and older. Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 p.m. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. www.dcimprov.com. $20.

Dru Hill The multi-platinum R&B group performs. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $36.50-$70.

“ASCAP: One Hundred Years and Beyond” An exhibition celebrating the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ past 100 years includes materials such as Henry Mancini’s original manuscript of “The Pink Panther,” Paul Williams’s lyrics for “The Rainbow Connection” and the original lyrics for “The Way We Were” by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Through July 26. Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5000. www.loc.gov. Free.

FRI 14

Crimes of Passion: ’Til Death Do Us Part Guests will be handcuffed to their dates for a special after-hours tour of the Crime Museum. Participants must be at least 18 years old, with valid ID, to be handcuffed. Basic package includes a rose, fuzzy handcuffs, a fingerprint-dusting demonstration and temporary tattoos. Friday-Saturday at 6 p.m.-midnight. National Museum of Crime and Punishment, 575 Seventh St. NW. 202-393-1099. www.crimemuseum.org. $80, VIP $150.

Rosanne Cash The singer-songwriter performs selections from her new CD, “The River and the Thread.” Presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. 8 p.m. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-785-9727. www.lisner.org. $35-$55.

SAT 15

Valentine’s Day Tea and Chocolate Tasting for Adults Learn about 18th- and 19th-century tea and chocolate, take a guided tour through the historic 1816 mansion and view a display of vintage Valentine cards. 1-3 p.m. Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. www.tudorplace.org. $30.

The Naked at the National Gallery Scavenger Hunt Go on an adults-only search for nudity in art at the National Gallery of Art. 2 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 877-946-4868. www.watsonadventures.com/public/
location/washington-dc
. $24.50.

Deni Y. Béchard The Canadian American author who received the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book will discuss his work “Empty Hands, Open Arms: The Race to Save Bonobos in the Congo and Make Conservation Go Viral.” 3:30 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. www.politics-prose.com. Free talk, copies of the book $26.95.

Conflict 27 This mixed martial arts show includes 15 fights and “cage girls.” 6 p.m. Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE. 202-503-2330. www.echostage.com. From $46.40.

“The Tallest Tree in the Forest” Daniel Beaty stars in the story of Paul Robeson, the African American singer and actor brought down by accusations during the McCarthy era. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday’s final performance is sold out. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. From $65.

The Autumn Defense The indie duo (John Stirratt and Patrick Sansone) is basically half of the Chicago alt-rock band Wilco. 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $17 in advance, $20 day of show.

“Gregory McLellan: Tingleguts” The artist’s panels have undergone hundreds of layers of paint and an extensive finishing process. Opens Saturday. Through March 15. Project 4, 1353 U St. NW. 202-232-4340. www.project4gallery.com. Free.

“Passion of the Empress: Catherine the Great’s Art Patronage” An exhibition of objects and artwork including 27 pieces from Hillwood’s Russian imperial art collection reveal how Catherine the Great blended Byzantium with Western neoclassical style. Opens Saturday. Through June 8. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. www.hillwoodmuseum.org. $15 suggested donation.

SUN 16

William Barton The Australian didgeridoo player performs his own original music and works by other Australian composers. 4 p.m. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. www.phillipscollection.org. $30, students $15.

Angelique Kidjo The Grammy-winning Beninese singer-songwriter blends African and Western sounds. 7 p.m. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. www.lisner.org. $30-$45.

MON 17

Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic The choreographed ice show features 65 Disney characters. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Sunday at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m., closes Monday at 12:30 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.disneyonice.com. $20-$80.

“Post-Mortem” Arcturus Theater Company presents a staged reading of Noël Coward’s play about a World War I soldier’s ghost revisiting loved ones 13 years after his death. 7 p.m. All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. www.arcturustheater.com. $25.

TUES 18

“American Idiot” The Broadway play, which took home Tony and Drama Desk Awards after it premiered in 2010, follows the coming-of-age of three guys, set to music by Green Day. Opens Tuesday, continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Feb. 23. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161. www.thenationaldc.com. From $48.

An Evening With Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin The duo perform love songs. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Feb. 23. Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. From $95.

“Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned” A woman looking for love finds something else on the Internet. Opens Tuesday at 8 p.m., continues Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through Feb. 23. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.warnertheatredc.com. $51.50-$64.50.

WED 19

Discovering Domestic Textiles This behind-the-scenes tour organized by the Textile Museum at the National Museum of American History allows participants a glimpse at rarely seen 17th-century laces, early American needlework samplers and more than 400 quilts from across the country. 10:15 a.m. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-667-0441,
Ext. 64. 202-633-1000. www.americanhistory.si.edu. $25, advance registration required.

D.C. Independent Film Festival More than 1,000 submissions have been whittled down to the best 60-some feature , documentary and student works from around the world for this 16th annual multivenue festival. Seminars in this year’s festival will delve deep into the topics of crowdfunding and social media. Opens Wednesday with screenings of “Partners for Peace” (6 p.m., $10) and “The Toastmaster,” with “Girl Meets Boys” and “The Well” (8 p.m. $18) at the Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. Through Feb. 24. www.dciff-indie.org.

Asaf Avidan The folk rocker from Jerusalem performs. 8 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $25 in advance, $28 day of show.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan
from staff reports

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