Opens Nov. 18: ‘The Message: New Media Works’
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW; Sat. through April 22, free.
Leading video artists from around the world contributed to this new Hirshhorn exhibit, which examines themes like surveillance, theology, information overload and race. The exhibit’s five film and video installations vary in size, technique and subject. One, L.A. artist Frances Stark’s “My Best Thing,” features computer animation of her real-life encounters in real-life sex chat rooms — so this exhibit is not for the kids.
Nov. 18 & 19 CatVideoFest
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Sat. & Sun., 5 p.m., $8-$13.
The annual Internet Cat Video Festival has been rebranded the CatVideoFest, but the event’s mission remains the same: to showcase the newest and best videos of the internet’s favorite furry pets. In addition to offering a 70-minute program curated
by filmmaker Will Braden, the AFI Silver will be decorating its lobby with cat regalia, and attendees are encouraged to dress up. Sponsor Alley Cat Allies will also attend to discuss how you can help cats in the Washington area.
Nov. 19: Lady Gaga
Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW; Sun., 7:30 p.m., sold out
Former meat dress-enthusiast Lady Gaga turned over a decidedly more accessible leaf with the release of her latest album, 2016’s “Joanne,” which saw the pop star don a cowboy hat to croon country-tinged jams. On her subsequent world tour, which stops at Capital One Arena on Sunday, she’ll likely dive into the “Joanne”-era setlist, including the ballad about holding on to a doomed relationship, “Million Reasons,” and “Grigio Girls,” dedicated to the power of female friendships. Still, expect plenty of the dancehall hits that made her famous, including “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance” — plus her newest single, “The Cure.”
Nov. 18: ‘Perfect Liars Club’
Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW; Sat., 9 p.m., $15-20.
Graham Campbell, Rachel Hinton, Scott Hollingsworth and Jeff Simmermon are all known for telling compelling, true stories about their lives, but at this show, one of them will be lying — and chances are you won’t be able to tell. That’s the point of this comedy show, which is being recorded Sunday for a forthcoming, eponymous podcast. Even after interrogating storytellers, D.C. audiences have only identified the liar at past shows 18 percent of the time, according to “Perfect Liars Club” host Pierce McManus. See if you can do better this time.
Nov. 20: Dumstaphunk
Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW; Mon., 8 p.m., $20-$23.
Multi-instrumentalist Ivan Neville’s New Orleans-based funk and soul band Dumstaphunk returns to D.C. on Monday in honor of Phunksgiving, the group’s annual pre-Thanksgiving holiday shows. Baltimore’s Cris Jacobs — who plays with Neville in another band, Neville Jacobs — will open the show solo, though you can probably expect him to be joined by his friend at some point, and he’ll likely return the favor during Dumstaphunk’s set.