The National Gallery of Art is the sole U.S. venue for “Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape,” an exhibition featuring 120 political works by Spanish artist. The show opens on Sunday. (Successio Miro/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris)

Starting Wednesday

Dive In

Constellation Theatre makes a splash at Source on 14th Street with a production of Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” with a set featuring a 4,000-gallon pool.


Dan Rather speaks

The legendary former CBS newsman discusses his 44 years at the network, where he covered everything from the Kennedy assassination through the Abu Ghraib scandal. A book signing follows the event at Sixth and I Synagogue.


One of Baltimore’s best

Lower Dens’ brand of hypnotic and dreamy indie rock has made it Baltimore’s latest band to achieve national prominence. Hear songs from new album “Nootropics” at Rock & Roll Hotel.


Nobody beats the Old School

Old-school hip-hop parties are all the rage, and the Old School Hang Suite — taking over the main ballroom and Finn and Porter at the Embassy Suites downtown — is tough to beat, with DJ Biz Markie joining DJ Quicksilver and WHUR’s Michelle Wright for a classy night of dancing, drink specials and watching the Mayweather-Cotto fight.

Starting Sunday

More Miró, por favor!

There are already a couple works by Catalan surrealist Joan Miró on display at the National Gallery. But starting Sunday, you can peruse a selection of 120 of his more political pieces.