Monday, April 15
Poet laureate closing event at the Library of Congress: Tracy K. Smith has been the country’s poet laureate since 2017. To mark the end of her term, the Library of Congress is celebrating with a night of poetry. But these aren’t just any wordsmiths: Smith and the library are bringing together a selection of poet laureates from around the country, from Hawaii to Brooklyn, to discuss the state of poetry in America. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free.
TGI Royal Knights at the Royal: This Shaw eatery and bar has regular theme nights featuring inventive concoctions from the area’s best bar minds, so excuse them for having a little too much fun with this night dedicated to casual chain restaurants. On the menu for Monday, you’ll find a rum-spiked chocolatini and a General Tso’s margarita, but the standout of the night might be their ode to Outback Steakhouse: an Old-Fashioned that features J.H. Cutter whisky infused with Bloomin’ Onion. 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free; food and drink prices vary.
Skybox grand opening at Player’s Club: Washingtonians love their rooftop bars, especially after being cooped up inside all winter. Arriving just in time for some good weather (we hope) is Skybox, a new lounge seven stories above the Players Club bar and game room in Logan Circle. Guests take an elevator straight up to the roof from Players Club, though there might be a wait: The elevator will bring a new batch of customers up every 7½ to 15 minutes, says co-owner Ian Hilton, and capacity is being limited to around 75, even though the legal capacity is just over 100. The atmosphere is a little fancier than Players Club: There are no video games or TVs, and the cocktails are served in silver julep cups. (The Red Hot Chili Pineapple Batida, a spicy twist on the traditional Brazilian cocktail that replaces cachaça with tequila, was the biggest hit.) Wooden biergarten tables line two sides of the building, but the best seats are the bar stools that line the edge, offering a fantastic view of the skyline. This is a bar worth sneaking out of work early for. Open at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 1400 14th St. NW.
Tuesday, April 16
‘Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release’ at the Hirshhorn Museum: Enrico David is concerned with the body, but his sculptures are true shape-shifters. The Italian-born, London-based artist creates figures that may be distorted but are all invariably human. The pieces in this Hirshhorn exhibit include installations, paintings and art on paper, as well as sculptures. The show spans 20 years of David’s career, so viewers can trace how his thinking and work have evolved. Through Sept. 2. Free.
Wednesday, April 17
Lightshow at the Fillmore Silver Spring: The rapper from Southeast Washington has seemed primed to break out of the city and onto the national stage for years. He told the world as much during his guest verse on a 2012 Wale track, blaring, “Shout-out to Georgetown, but I won’t get trapped in the District, nah.” The 27-year-old is still trying to set the rap world on fire, releasing albums at a yearly clip — 2017’s “Kalorama Heights” was a standout — but he’s still doing it from the comfy confines of his hometown. When he takes the stage at the Fillmore alongside some of the DMV’s rap upstarts, including Chelly the MC, everyone in the room could take a lesson from the Congress Heights native: You can still make great music in this city. 8 p.m. $35-$80.
Elkhorn at Right Proper Brewing Brookland: D.C. recently lost its best record shop, as Red Onion Records packed up its 14th Street NW storefront to prepare for a fall move to Hyattsville. They didn’t have time to throw a proper farewell, so consider this a consolation. The store used to host regular in-store performances at 14th Street and its original location in Adams Morgan, so it’s fitting that the send-off is a throwback to those days. New York psych-folk guitar duo Elkhorn will headline the night, playing trippy tunes off their new release, “Sun Cycle / Elk Jam.” Grab a beer and enjoy some tunes (and maybe even some ice cream cake). 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation.
Thursday, April 18
La Dispute at Rock & Roll Hotel: It would be easy to dismiss La Dispute’s music as rambling missives plopped over hardcore-adjacent beats. But that would be underselling the compositional power of the Michigan quintet. You can enjoy the surface-level push-and-pull interplay of singer Jordan Dreyer’s hushed singsong erupting into wails. But La Dispute’s latest album, “Panorama,” demands your attention with its vivid world-building, conjuring scenes from the margins of society. Dreyer’s tales recall half-formed thoughts and words left unspoken, and they’re carried to the finish line by his bandmates’ pummeling drum fills and slick guitar sounds. 8 p.m. $25-$30.
‘Zodiac’ at Warner Bros. Theater: The boom of true crime stories keeps coming, with new documentaries and podcasts sprouting up before you’ve watched the last one your friends were talking about. Revisit some older stories — or catch new ones — when the National Museum of American History hosts a short program of film’s best true crime stories. The four-day series starts off with director David Fincher’s “Zodiac.” The 2007 thriller, which will be shown on 35-millimeter film, chronicles the Bay Area’s famously unsolved Zodiac murders and is a masterful look into obsession and paranoia. 6:30 p.m. Times vary through Sunday. $11-$12.
Friday, April 19
Natalie Prass at Rock & Roll Hotel: When Richmond-based singer-songwriter Natalie Prass was working on her second album, “The Future and the Past,” in 2017, she played two shows in the District at which she tested much of that material live. The record — a groove-based mix of politically tinged, R&B-inspired indie pop — came out last June, but she hasn’t played a headlining show in the capital since. After making a fan out of Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves, for whom Prass opened at the Anthem in January, Prass will finally get to present those fully fleshed-out songs, including the feminist anthem “Sisters” and the infectious “Short Court Style,” during her own headlining set at the Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $15-17.
The Coathangers at DC9: For more than a decade, the Coathangers have churned out no-nonsense garage punk. The minimalist approach seemed to suit the Atlanta power trio, but before recording their sixth album, “The Devil You Know,” the band took a step back, giving its process a spit-shine. “Everything that came before had to go away,” said guitarist-vocalist Julia Kugel. “Whatever hang-up, whatever thing we were holding onto, it had to go away. And we started there, at ground zero.” The result? An album that blasts the band’s punk fury through a classic pop prism and has only made its songs more powerful and poignant, such as album standout “F the NRA.” 8 p.m. $12-$15.
‘Have a Nice Day’ at the Freer Gallery: One of 2018’s most interesting movies came and went in a flash. If you didn’t make it out for the one week “Have a Nice Day” was showing at the Angelika Pop-Up near Union Market, don’t miss out on this one night when you can catch this Chinese animated film free. Christopher Kompanek gave it three stars in The Washington Post and said that viewers “will be rewarded with a richly layered portrait of greed, and an examination of how that vice gets in the way of fulfillment.” 7 p.m. Free.
’ArtMoves: Pulse’ at the Hirshhorn Museum: The Hirshhorn wraps up its interactive exhibit “Pulse” on April 28, sending it off with some interesting programming, including this collaboration with the Washington Ballet. The dance company has created a unique performance inspired by the exhibit from Mexican Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. (If you can’t make it out during lunch for this performance, it will be staged again on April 26 at 4 p.m.) 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free.
— Hau Chu, Adele Chapin, Rudi Greenberg, Fritz Hahn and Chris Kelly