Anxo is hosting a month-long celebration of women. (Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

Women’s Month at Anxo, March 1

In honor of Women’s History Month, local ciderhouse Anxo is celebrating the women of cider, beer and spirits. All month long, the Truxton Circle bar is pouring products that are made or owned by women, including two that fall close to home: Anxo’s female staff members collaborated on a cider with Vermont’s Eden Cider and a Brut IPA with Silver Spring’s Denizens Brewing. (Both Eden and Denizens were co-founded by women.) Proceeds from happy hours and events (such as a dinner with two-time James Beard semifinalist Ilma Lopez of Portland, Maine’s Piccolo and Amy Morgan of D.C.’s 2 Amys and Etto on March 4) benefit local nonprofit organizations, including Planned Parenthood and Girls on the Run. Through March 31. Times and prices vary. — Fritz Hahn

‘Artists Respond’ and ‘Vietnam, Past Is Prologue’ at SAAM, March 1

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is planning two in-depth exhibitions on the Vietnam War this spring. There are nearly 100 works in “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975,” and running alongside that show is artist Tiffany Chung’s “Vietnam, Past Is Prologue.” Chung put in laborious research to create these hand-drawn maps, paintings and video interviews with former Vietnamese refugees in Northern Virginia and other cities. But she also drew on her own experience: Her family immigrated to the United States from Vietnam after the war, and her father flew planes in the South Vietnamese army, alongside American forces. Through Sept. 2. Free. — Adele Chapin

‘Queer Eye’ in D.C., March 1 and 6

When Netflix’s “Queer Eye” arrived last year, it was one of the few revivals met with near-universal praise. Using the original series as a framework (but dropping the “Straight Guy” premise), this version introduced a new “Fab Five” tasked with making over its subjects’ lives. Season 3 is set to arrive on the streaming service on March 15, and two of the show’s experts happen to be making appearances in D.C. this month. On March 1, hairstylist, podcaster and “yas queen!” enthusiast Jonathan Van Ness will bring his new stand-up show, “Road to Beijing,” to the Kennedy Center (8 p.m., sold out). On March 6, culture expert Karamo Brown, who helps subjects with the more intangible parts of their makeover, shares his life story at Sixth and I (7 p.m., $40-$55) in a conversation with NPR’s Sam Sanders that’s tied to Brown’s new memoir, “Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope.” — Rudi Greenberg


D.C. United returns to Audi Field this month. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

D.C. United home opener at Audi Field, March 3

The last time D.C. United fans visited their shiny new stadium, they were giddy: English soccer star Wayne Rooney was making headlines for all the right reasons as last-place United went on a 10-game winning streak to grab home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Despite a heartbreaking penalty shootout elimination, though, fans are dreaming big in 2019. Rooney arrived midway through the season, just weeks before Audi Field opened. What could a full season of both be like, especially with key midfielder Luciano Acosta staying at Buzzard Point? The team gets a tough test on opening night, facing MLS Cup champions Atlanta United. Get to the stadium early for rooftop beers and to soak up the atmosphere. 6 p.m. $39-$195. — Fritz Hahn

New African Film Festival at AFI Silver, March 7

This 15th annual showcase of contemporary African cinema features 37 films from 22 countries, including several U.S. premieres. One highlight of many is “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” (March 16 at 7 p.m.), a Netflix film that marks the feature directorial debut of Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. Set in Malawi, the film tells the true story of William Kamkwamba, who, as a teenager, designed and built a makeshift wind turbine to power appliances in his village, using trees, bicycle parts and junkyard scraps. The festival opens with “The Burial of Kojo,” a drama by the Brooklyn-based Ghanaian filmmaker and musician Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule (known by his stage name, Blitz the Ambassador) that Indiewire called an “ambitious visual stunner.” Through March 17. $13 general admission. — Michael O’Sullivan

D.C. Brewers’ Guild Hopfest at DC Brau, March 9

The annual D.C. Brewers’ Guild Hopfest is nirvana for hopheads, with a number of the area’s coolest breweries bringing their most hop-forward beers to a festival at DC Brau. Just don’t expect a parade of tongue-puckeringly bitter IPAs: Previous years have included zestily hopped lagers, pale ales packed with sweetly tropical hop flavors and boozy imperial IPAs. The laid-back gathering draws from beyond the District borders — Aslin, Dogfish Head, Ocelot and Adroit Theory are among this year’s two dozen participants — and it’s easy to mingle and chat with brewers while enjoying unlimited samples, snacks from food trucks and music spun by a DJ. 1 to 5 p.m. $40. — Fritz Hahn

Robyn at the Anthem, March 9

Swedish pop singer Robyn started out as a preteen voice actress before becoming a teen pop singer who worked with (then-emerging) Swedish hitmakers Max Martin and Denniz Pop. “Show Me Love” became her first big U.S. hit in 1997, and then she sort of disappeared from the American consciousness, emerging every so often with a minor song or collaboration. Her comeback arrived in 2010 in the form of “Dancing on My Own,” a dance floor anthem that soundtracked a scene in HBO’s “Girls” and turned Robyn into an indie rock-approved pop star. After that year’s “Body Talk,” Robyn mostly disappeared again but did make an EP with Royksopp before finally returning to her solo career last year with “Honey.” Like “Body Talk,” “Honey” is full of forward-thinking dance music and big pop hooks (“Missing U” and the title track in particular), but there’s a softness and warmth to this album that reflects the current mood of its creator, who turns 40 this year. 7 p.m. Sold out. — Rudi Greenberg

U Street Music Hall 9-Year Anniversary Week , March 15

For the past nine years, U Street Music Hall has been an integral part of the U Street NW neighborhood and local music community at large. Initially a venue for electronic acts, its schedule has evolved to include a much more robust offering of music, which is exemplified with its anniversary party. The 10-day celebration kicks off with a DJ set from Los Angeles duo Classixx, followed by U Street Music Hall owner Will Eastman’s album release party and alt-country artist Maggie Rose on March 16. Through March 24. Times and prices vary. — Stephanie Williams

Direct Current at the Kennedy Center, March 24

Direct Current is a two-week festival helmed by the Kennedy Center celebrating progressive performance pieces from emerging and established artists across the globe. The schedule touts a diverse slate of dance, music and theater shows at the Kennedy Center and other smaller venues around town. Bon Iver’s collaborative effort, “Come Through” (March 25) features new music from the indie folk outfit and choreography from TU Dance. Other standouts on the schedule include the all-female arts collective Liberated Muse (March 27), who blend jazz, spoken word, a cappella and African music to their theatrical performance, and the U.S. premiere of the orchestral piece “Where We Lost Our Shadows” on March 31, which documents the obstacles surrounding migration. Through April 7. Times and prices vary. — Stephanie Williams


Ariana Grande makes the first of two visits to Capital One Arena this year. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Ariana Grande at Capital One Arena, March 25

How do you even begin to describe the meteoric rise of Ariana Grande in the past calendar year? The 25-year-old had firmly asserted her spot among pop’s premier talents, but then became the it girl of pop through sheer force of will. You could point to the breathless coverage of her relationship with comedian Pete Davidson or her ability to spin that coverage into content across song and social media. But let’s stick with her music, which attracts devotion because of Grande’s undeniably powerful vocals, slick production and ability to effortlessly churn out earworms. Grande’s ability to rapidly generate music — her August 2018 album “Sweetener” was followed up in short order with another album, “Thank U, Next,” in February — is matched by the appetite to be in her presence: There has already been a June 21 return concert scheduled for those who miss out this month. 8 p.m. $214.95. — Hau Chu

Maggie Rogers at 9:30 Club, March 25-26

The recipe for an emerging pop star has been finely tuned in 2019: Mix a few dashes of tightly produced beats with a sprinkling of electrifying pipes tuned up for anthemic choruses and, voilà, you have Maggie Rogers. The Maryland-born singer appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and headlined D.C.’s All Things Go Festival before “Heard It In A Past Life” was released in January. The album contains a couple of the singles that vaulted her into the spotlight, as well as some new tracks that show some of the restraint and potential of the young songwriter. The 24-year-old will headline two sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club, and if you’re lucky enough to snag a ticket, it might be the last time you can see Rogers on a stage this small for a long time. 7 p.m. (doors). Sold out. — Hau Chu

Baseball returns to Nationals Park, March 25, 28-31

The Nationals’ new, Bryce Harper-less era begins with back-to-back games against teams from the Big Apple. The Nats’ lone home exhibition game brings the Yankees to Nationals Park on March 25, while the real season gets underway against the division rival Mets a few days later. It’s a mixed bag for fans who haven’t visited the Navy Yard area since last fall: Justin’s Cafe, a popular gathering place for Nats fans, closed suddenly in October, and Walter’s Sports Bar, a transplant from Petworth that made a pop-up appearance during the All-Star Game festivities, is rushing to get its doors open by Opening Day. Two of the biggest ticket items — the game-filled Punch Bowl Social on Half Street and a new Dacha Beer Garden in the same building as All Purpose and Salt Line — aren’t quite ready yet, but as with a World Series title, hope springs eternal. Times and ticket prices vary. — Fritz Hahn


Earl Sweatshirt heads to the Fillmore this month. (Josh Sisk/For The Washington Post)

Earl Sweatshirt at the Fillmore, March 26

The mercurial rapper performed the most impressive musical balancing trick of 2018: The 25-year-old emcee, born Thebe Kgositsile, made his most personal album with “Some Rap Songs,” which contemplatively meditates on past and current traumas, all while running the length of a TV sitcom. Kgositsile established himself as a teenager with the Los Angeles collective Odd Future, but was sent by his mother to a school in the American Samoa for his antics in the group. The rapper returned from the Pacific as a cult icon and released two albums, 2013’s polished “Doris” and his defining 2015 opus, “I Don’t Like S---, I Don’t Go Outside.” With “Some Rap Songs,” Kgositsile merges his coastal influences of L.A.’s jazz wave with some offbeat, heady New York lyricism — the album was his last on a major label and he has hinted at releasing music independently and under a new moniker. 8 p.m. $30-$79. — Hau Chu

‘Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912’ at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, March 30

When this exhibition on China’s Qing Dynasty empresses opened at Massachusetts’s Peabody Essex Museum last year, the New York Times called the show “huge and opulent,” but also “gratifyingly rigorous.” Now coming to D.C., the show includes a pair of pearl-bedecked platform boots that “would not have been out of place on ‘Soul Train’­ ” according to the Times. But beyond such eye-popping fashion items, “Empresses” also offers insight into changing female power dynamics. One of the show’s subjects — the dowager empress Cixi (1835-1908) — rose much further than many other wives (who were, despite their high status, considered the emperor’s property). After her husband’s death in 1861, Cixi effectively ruled China as regent for 47 years. On opening day, museum festivities will include live performances, food to sample from imperial court recipes, kite-flying and art-making activities. Through June 23. Free. — Michael O’Sullivan

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to Will Eastman as co-owner of U Street Music Hall. Eastman is the sole owner of the club. This version has been updated.