Going Out Guide for the District of Columbia, Feb. 28-March 6


Mike Birbiglia comes to his alma mater, Georgetown, on Thursday and Friday. (Joan Marcus)
February 27, 2013
THU 28

Jody Williams The political activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work campaigning to ban land mines will discuss her memoir, “My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Prize.” 6:30-8 p.m. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. www.busboysandpoets.com. Free.

Mike Birbiglia The comedian known for his off-Broadway hit show “Sleepwalk With Me” and the award-winning film it inspired returns to his alma mater with a one-man version of his 2011 show about romantic blunders, “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend: Unplugged.” Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m. Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theater, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. performingarts.georgetown.edu. $30.

Arnez J The comedian and former Harlem Globetrotter who headlined a Showtime “Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam” performs. Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Saturday at 7, 9 and 11 p.m., Sunday at 8 p.m. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. www.dcimprov.com. $25.

“Intersections: A New America Arts Festival” More than 100 groups take part in the festival that mixes elements of multiple genres, continuing through March 10. Of note this week: DC-based Furia Flamenca get a touch of jazz from Antonio Truyols Sunday at 2 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. Flamenco concert $30, other prices vary.

FRI 01

Every Time I Die The metal band from Buffalo performs. With the Acacia Strain, Vanna, Hundreth and No Bragging Rights. 7 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com. $17 in advance, $20 day of show.

Wizards The basketball team takes on the New York Knicks (Friday at 7 p.m.) and the Philadelphia 76ers (Sunday at 6 p.m.). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.nba.com/wizards. From $11.

Francophonie Cultural Festival The 13th annual citywide event celebrating the creativity of French-speaking countries with concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s workshops and more opens Friday. One of this week’s highlights is “La Cuisine du Quebec,” a presentation and beer tasting by sommelier Sylvain Bouchard of Unibroue, the Quebec microbrewery known for using traditional brewing methods of Europe’s Trappist monks. Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the National Museum of Natural History, Atrium Cafe, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Friday-Wednesday, through April 13. www.francophoniedc.org. Cooking demonstration and tasting $30, other prices vary.

“International Glass and Clay 2013” Artomatic presents this international glass and clay exhibition, featuring work from area artists and artists from Sunderland, England. Opens Friday. Through March 22. Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth Street NW. 202-872-3396. www.glassandclay.org. Free.

Orchid Month at Hillwood Thousands of orchids in peak season, in five greenhouses, are the focus of the month-long event including tours, lectures and demonstrations. Begins Friday. Through March 30. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. www.hillwoodmuseum.org. Suggested donation $15, seniors $12, college students $10, ages 6-18 $5, age 5 and younger free.

SAT 02

Family Day 2013: Families Rock The “Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s” exhibition, which highlights music and graffiti, provides the inspiration for art activities, performances and instrument-making. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. www.corcoran.org. Free.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Fifteen cats and 10 dogs (all rescues) perform stunts and skits alongside clowns, juggling and balancing acts. 1 and 4 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.warnertheatredc.com. $35-$75.

Harlem Globetrotters “You Write the Rules” World Tour Fans can vote online for the new rule they want to see implemented at the game in their area. 1 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. From $15.

“Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” Choreographer and performer Lionel Popkin explores themes of cultural appropriation, transmission and representation in this production inspired by Ruth St. Denis’s career. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. $22; seniors, teachers and artists $17; college students $10, age 17 and younger $8.

Suzanne Vega The singer famous for her hit “Tom’s Diner” performs. With Justin Trawick. 8 p.m. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $35.

“Ahead of Hair” Sonya Clark’s art exhibit of works made from hair, thread and combs closes Saturday. Contemporary Wing, 1412 14th St. NW. www.contemporarywing.com. 202-730-5037. Free.

“HELLO My Name Is” A group exhibition featuring works by 70 graffiti artists from around the world opens Saturday. Through March 31. The Fridge DC, 516 Eighth St. SE. 202-664-4151. www.thefridgedc.com. Free.

SUN 03

National Invasive Species Awareness Week Kids Day Invasive species and how they impact the environment will be the theme of activities, stories and songs. Noon-3 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov. Free.

Eels The lo-fi rock band anchored by singer-songwriter Mark Oliver Everett performs. With Nicole Atkins and Puddles Pity Party. 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $25.

Fishbone This L.A. band comes with a horn section and a sound that is part punk rock, part ska, part other. With the Alan Evans Trio. 7 p.m. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $17.50 in advance, $22 day of show.

Michelangelo’s “David-Apollo” The marble statue — depicting either the biblical giant killer or the pagan sun god — is on loan from the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence through Sunday. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.

MON 04

Iceland Symphony Orchestra Under the baton of conductor Ilan Volkov, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra plays Hlynur Vilmarsson, Grieg, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Sibelius. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins them for Grieg’s Piano Concerto. The concert is part of Nordic Cool 2013, a cultural festival of theater, music, dance, visual art and food with more than 700 participating artists. Concert at 7:30 p.m. Festival continues through March 17. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $10-$64. Festival event prices vary.

TUE 05

“Henry V” Folger veteran Robert Richmond directs Zach Appelman in Shakespeare’s story of war and leadership. Continues Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m., Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Through March 10. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. www.folger.edu. $30-$68. Limited tickets are available at the box office.

WED 06

DC Independent Film Festival A multi-venue, multi-genre showcase of more than 50 films from throughout the world begins Wednesday with screenings of “The New Woman: Annie ‘Londonderry’ Kopchovsky,” about a woman who set out to bicycle around the world in 1895 and “Los Ginger Ninjas,” about a Mexican rock band, at 6 p.m. and the East Coast premiere of the deadpan, darkly humorous “The First Winter,” about a Portuguese man’s difficulty in assimilating to Canadian life, shown with a nine-minute short, “Granny Baby,” at 9 p.m. Through March 10. Most screenings will be held at the U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. www.dciff-indie.org. 202-338-1198. Wednesday screenings $12, festival prices vary.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports

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