Monday, Feb. 11
‘Ivanka Vacuuming’ at Flashpoint Gallery: Conceptual artist Jennifer Rubell’s work invites multiple interpretations, including ones that suggest the idea of a “taint” or stain or ineradicable blight, and others that speak directly to ideas of wealth and the cultural laundering of wealth. The performance piece, which can be streamed online when it is live at Flashpoint Gallery, involves a poised, ram-rod-straight young blond woman with a vacuum. As visitors throw crumbs onto a carpet, the stand-in Ivanka Trump Hoovers them up, with a rictus of a smile on her face. Through Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Free.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Kick the Kegs at Ornery Beer Company: Casey Jones, the owner of the fast-rising Fair Winds Brewing in Lorton, Va., died suddenly in January. To honor his memory — and raise money for a fund for his children — 18 local brewers will bring one keg apiece to Fairfax’s Ornery Beer Company and whoever’s keg runs out first will win the night. Naturally, Fair Winds will be there with its satisfying Sessions of the Abyss session IPA, and other standouts include Dulles’s Ocelot Brewing with their American IPA, Thought Control. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free; food and drink priced individually.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Cherry Glazerr at U Street Music Hall: After trafficking in spaced-out, lo-fi garage rock on their first album, Cherry Glazerr returned with “Apocalypstick” in 2017 and sounded buffed and polished, as if hardened by political realities (the album was released on Inauguration Day). On the just-released “Stuffed & Ready,” the band has shifted again, going loud-quiet-loud as 22-year-old frontwoman Clementine Creevy gives patriarchy the finger. This is actually the second version of the album after the band scrapped the original and started over. “I wanted to be questioned, to rip my songs apart and look at their guts and pour myself open again,” Creevy said. “And I wanted it to sound massive.” 7 p.m. $20.
Galentine’s Day Party with ‘Bridesmaids’ at the National Museum of American History: As every “Parks and Recreation” fan knows, the day before Valentine’s Day is actually Galentine’s Day, when women get together to celebrate their friendship. The Smithsonian has come up with the perfect excuse to get the gals together: A screening of the 2011 Kristen Wiig female-bonding comedy “Bridesmaids,” preceded by a cocktail party with live music, drinks and “fun photo-ops.” Party begins at 6:15 p.m., movie starts at 7:55. $25-$40.
National Ballet of China at the Kennedy Center: The Kennedy Center’s Lunar New Year festivities revolve around the National Ballet of China, as the company returns to Washington for a production of “Raise the Red Lantern.” The show made its D.C. premiere in 2005, and now this ballet adapted from the 1991 film of the same name is back with a full orchestra. With lush scarlet-toned costumes and sets, “Raise the Red Lantern” tells the story of a young woman forced to become a concubine in 1920s China. The choreography seamlessly incorporates Chinese opera and shadow-puppet theater. Through Saturday. $25-$99.
Thursday, Feb. 14
Chad America’s 20th Annual Rock and Roll Dance Party at the Black Cat: It’s a bittersweet Valentine’s Day at the Black Cat. For two decades, longtime bartender Chad America has hosted a night of R&B, rockabilly and vintage love songs on Valentine’s Day. The first installment in the freshly reopened Red Room Bar is the last for America, who recently announced that he’s retiring from the bar scene. He will be missed, but there’s one more chance to spread the love. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Punch Crunk Love at Cotton and Reed: Pizza and rum are a better combination than chocolate and roses, insists the team at the Cotton and Reed rum distillery. Head to Union Market on Valentine’s Day for a party featuring cocktails and punch specials prepared by house expert Lukas B. Smith and D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild President Andrea Tateosian. Timber Pizza sells pies until 9 p.m., while the soundtrack veers towards Lil’ Jon and party tunes. 6 p.m. to midnight. Free; food and drinks priced individually.
Transformer’s Heartbreakers Ball at the Line Hotel: So you haven’t found the perfect gift for your special someone. Don’t worry: Transformer’s got you. The longtime arts organization and gallery is bringing its Flatfile — a selection of paintings, prints, photos and drawings by local artists priced between $15 and $500 — to the Line Hotel. Browse the collection while sipping discounted drinks from Brothers and Sisters and A Rake’s Progress and listening to music chosen by Transformer co-founder Victoria Reis and her husband, Brian Baker, who played in Minor Threat, Bad Religion and Fake Names. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free.
Lonely Hearts Club at Hank’s Oyster Bar: The four Hank’s Oyster Bar locations are advertising romantic Valentine’s Day specials with “decadent dishes” in their dining rooms, but the upstairs bar in Dupont Circle is taking a different tack. The Lonely Hearts Club, open from Thursday through Sunday, features drinks like Vodka Costs Less Than Dinner for Two, made with house-infused horseradish or cacao vodka, and I’m the One, which finds aged tequila paired with sparkling wine. Guests are invited to write their own valentines, which can be kept or posted on the bar’s wall. And if you’ve still got a stray piece of your ex’s clothing — or something they gave you that you can’t bear to wear — bring it to the bar, which will donate collected items to Martha’s Table. 4 p.m. to close through Sunday. Free; drinks priced individually.
For the Love of Lambic at the Sovereign: “Tart,” “funky,” “sour,” “a little weird” — these are probably not the adjectives you’d use to describe your valentine. Unless, that is, you love lambics, the traditional Belgian ales fermented by wild yeast and sometimes flavored with cherries, strawberries or other fruit. They can be an acquired taste, but the Sovereign has put together a list of rare drafts and bottle pours to make beer geeks’ hearts go pitter-patter, including Cantillon’s Kriek, flavored with cherries, and Tilquin’s Quetsche, which is fermented with fresh plums. 5 p.m. Free; beers priced individually.
Table for One at Busboys and Poets: There’s no shame in showing up solo to this “singles variety show” at the original Busboys and Poets on 14th Street NW, which features comedians, poets and caricature artists, while karaoke battles and contests inspired by game shows serve as ways to meet new people. 9 p.m. $10; $35 adds a three-course meal.
“Carolina Mayorga: Pink Ranchos and Other Ephemeral Zip Codes” at Art Museum of the Americas: Sure, Carolina Mayorga’s exhibition happens to open on Valentine’s Day, but the subject matter is anything but romantic. The Colombian artist tackles displacement and exile through sculptures, projections and installations that incorporate a color that’s normally associated with much less serious subjects: pink. The opening reception Feb. 14 features “Cambuche Party: A Pink Musical,” which comprises three musical pieces inspired by life in transient, shorté-term housing. Through May 19. Free.
Friday, Feb. 15
Big Apple Circus at National Harbor: There’s a lot of girlpower at the Big Apple Circus, starting with ringmaster Stephanie Monseu. Then there’s animal trainer Jenny Vibel, who works only with rescued horses and dogs, and acrobat Virginia Tuells, who’s earned the nickname “strongest mom in the world.” The circus offers shows for audience members with special needs, including a Circus of the Senses for ticket-holders who are hearing- or vision-impaired, along with sensory-friendly performances. Through March 24. $15-$95.
Thursday at Union Stage: In 2001, it was as if an entire flood of emo-affected punk music was unleashed into the mainstream with a simple sound: pop-pop. It came from the New Jersey punks Thursday, a band that laid the groundwork for emo to come with its 2001 album “Full Collapse.” The album’s standout track “Understanding in a Car Crash,” started with a double snare hit that set singer Geoff Rickly off on an excavation of every personal tragedy and unresolved feeling that coursed through his being. Thursday will play the album in full during the first of a two-night stand at Union Stage. The second night is a performance of the band’s expansive 2003 follow-up “War All the Time.” 8:30 p.m. $35-$49.
Aprés ski party at Wunder Garten: Can’t make it out to the slopes? The NoMa beer garden is bringing the ski lodge party to the city without the need to make a road trip — or exert too much physical energy. The weekend’s activities include a snowball toss competition, live DJs, s’mores and, if you’re jonesing for the real thing, virtual reality skiing. Guests are encouraged to come decked out in their coziest ski gear to get in the mood. Friday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free; food and drinks priced individually.
“Sound Heals All Wounds” at Rhizome: The Takoma art space operates on its own wavelength and starting Friday it will play host to a month-long exploration in the power of sound. A mix of exhibitions and performances dot the calendar in an effort to find peace and power in listening and observation. The series kicks off with a gathering inspired by American composer Pauline Oliveros, who advocated for “sonic meditations” as a form of activism. 7 to 10 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
— Hau Chu, Adele Chapin, Fritz Hahn, Chris Kelly and Philip Kennicott