NSO Pops: Diana Ross, Jan. 9-11

Kennedy Center honoree Diana Ross will return to the performing arts complex’s Concert Hall for three performances with the NSO Pops. Now 75, Ross hasn’t released an album since 2006, so these shows will likely focus on adding orchestral flourishes to such hits as “I’m Coming Out” and “I Will Survive.” Expect Ross to also dip into her time with the Supremes, the Motown girl group that the Detroit native fronted in the ’60s, which went on to chart 12 Billboard No. 1 singles, including “Love Child,” “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “You Can’t Hurry Love.” 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center. $39-$219. — Rudi Greenberg

Bowie Ball, Jan. 9

David Bowie’s brilliance manifested itself in constant reinvention of style and sound, from Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane to the Thin White Duke. And whether your favorite Bowie is the glam of “Starman,” the blue-eyed soul of “Young Americans” or the new-wave funk of “Let’s Dance,” you’ll find something you love at U Street Music Hall’s annual Bowie Ball. DJ Heaven Malone, who created the first Bowie Ball for the “David Bowie Is” exhibition in Chicago, is the special guest, spinning Bowie and Bowie-adjacent tracks on the city’s best club soundsystem. Come in character — there’s a costume contest with prizes — or visit the glam makeup booth for a sparkling makeover. Bowie would approve. 8 p.m. at U Street Music Hall. $8-$10. — Fritz Hahn

Yola, Jan. 10

After years of playing in a rock band, British folk singer Yola finally broke out in a big way in 2019 with her debut album, “Walk Through Fire.” Produced by Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach, Yola’s debut is a countrified collection of soulful Americana songs that earned her a gig opening for Kacey Musgraves on tour, a collaboration with Brandi Carlile’s country supergroup the Highwomen and four Grammy nominations. Yola will keep the momentum rolling in 2020, showcasing her powerful voice on a headlining tour that includes fellow folk singer Amythyst Kiah opening. 8 p.m. (doors) at 9:30 Club. $20. — Rudi Greenberg

Stretch and Bobbito and the M19s Band, Jan. 17

In the 1990s, there were few radio shows as influential as New York’s underground hip-hop program “The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show,” which helped introduce the world to Eminem, Jay-Z and the Fugees, among others. Now the DJs have teamed up with the M19s Band to produce their first album together, “No Requests.” The record, which drops in conjunction with a performance at the Kennedy Center’s the Club at Studio K, features Latin, Afro-beat, jazz and reggae reinterpretations of obscure dance songs alongside original compositions. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center. $20-$30. — Rudi Greenberg

‘Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits,’ opens Jan. 17

There are multiple layers to the striking, large-scale prints from Texas-born artist Delita Martin, whose traveling show “Calling Down the Spirits” features seven works that aim to capture the spirit and essence of her subjects, often black women. Martin takes an unorthodox approach to portraiture — combining drawing, painting and sewing techniques in the same piece — and doesn’t aim for photorealism. West African masks, circles and the color blue — which represents spirituality and the ethereal, a major theme of “Calling Down the Spirits” — recur in many of her works. Through April 19 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. $10. — Rudi Greenberg

Sanctuary reunion with DJs Oji and Pope, Jan. 19

Long before H Street NE was packed with bars, restaurants and condo buildings, it was home to the D.C. Sanctuary, the city’s best destination for soulful house and garage music. Crowds of dancers — black, white, gay, straight, college students, disco vets — lost themselves on the compact dance floor amid soaring vocals and thumping bass, while artists painted nearby. The Sanctuary, inspired by such music-first New York clubs as Shelter and the Paradise Garage, disappeared once H Street got hot, but resident DJs Pope and Oji are re-creating the vibe for one night at U Street Music Hall. As at the old space, “check your attitude at the door” and enjoy the music. 6 p.m. at U Street Music Hall. $15-$20.— Fritz Hahn

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures: ‘Swan Lake,’ Jan. 21-26

British choreographer Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake” upended the traditional version of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet, telling the story of a prince — not a princess — falling in love with a male swan. The sensual performances, as well as an all-male ensemble of swans, dancers in black leather pants and scenes set in a disco, made waves on both sides of the Atlantic, winning both Tony and Olivier awards. Bourne’s “reimagined” version of “Swan Lake,” featuring new sets and costumes, makes its Kennedy Center debut as part of a three-city U.S. tour. Various times at the Kennedy Center. $29-$129.— Fritz Hahn

Feminist Buzzkills of Comedy, Jan. 22

Political comedian Lizz Winstead, who co-created “The Daily Show,” is headlining the Feminist Buzzkills of Comedy tour, a combination of stand-up, music and activism. Presented by Winstead’s Abortion Access Force website (formerly Lady Parts Justice), the show aims to bring people together to raise awareness about the battle for reproductive rights in America. Comedians Maysoon Zayid, Joyelle Nicole Johnson (of HBO’s “Crashing”) and transgender comic Jaye McBride round out the entertainment portion of the evening. After the performance, Winstead will host a talkback with local activists who will explain how attendees can help their respective causes. 7 p.m. (doors) at the Black Cat. $15-$20. — Rudi Greenberg

Lunar New Year celebrations, beginning Jan. 22

Fare thee well, pig. Welcome to the Year of the Rat. The District has no shortage of events to ring in the Lunar New Year, which officially starts on Jan. 25. The Kennedy Center will kick things off a few days early in its Reach annex with a display of around 100 winter lanterns illuminated by colored LED lights (on display Jan. 22-Feb. 2). The venue will host an array of events at the end of the month, including a free family day on Jan. 25, filled with activities and a musical performance at night from the Beijing Bamboo Orchestra, which plays more than 30 instruments all constructed from the sturdy plant. On Jan. 26, the city’s biggest festivities will begin, including the traditional parade through Chinatown featuring lion and dragon dances starting at 2 p.m. The National Museum of Asian Art will hold an all-day celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that will turn the different galleries within the museum into stages for magic, music and food. Various locations and times. Most events are free except for one Kennedy Center performance. — Hau Chu

James Murphy, Jan. 24

When James Murphy, mastermind of the indie darlings LCD Soundsystem, “retired” his band, he continued to tour the world, showcasing his original love of selection. This didn’t come as a surprise to many of Murphy’s devotees, since his breakout in the music world (“Losing My Edge”) climaxes with an obsessive cataloguing of his record collection. The now-49-year-old’s DJ sets burst with tracks that could only be found from someone with a long history and love of crate digging for deep cuts. Thankfully, even though LCD seemingly lives again, Murphy continues to post up in a dark booth every so often — as he will this month, aided by U Street Music Hall’s booming speakers — and show off what he’s been listening to lately. 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall. $25-$40. — Hau Chu

‘Age Old Cities: A Virtual Journey From Palmyra to Mosul,’ opens Jan. 25

Mosul, Iraq, and Aleppo and Palmyra, Syria, are among the oldest inhabited cities in the world, but they have been ravaged by war in recent years; the head of the United Nations’ UNESCO program called the Islamic State’s destruction of ancient monuments and buildings a “war crime.” To call attention to the treasures of these cities, and show how they might be restored, the Arab World Institute in Paris and its partners, including UNESCO, have created this virtual exhibition of the three cities, including 11-foot-high projections of historic sites and immersive virtual reality experiences. Through Oct. 25 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Free. — Fritz Hahn

Monster Jam, Jan. 25-26

If your only exposure to the world of Monster Jam is the ubiquitous commercials announcing the imminent arrival of Grave Digger, primed to crunch any car in its path, see what happens when the organization parks itself in the District in January. Drivers will compete in the “Triple Threat Series,” where they will perform routines in the standard 12-foot-tall trucks, as well as slimmer Speedsters, and race around on souped-up recreational all-terrain vehicles. In addition to Grave Digger, new and longtime fans expect some great names such as Monster Mutt and Alien Invasion to rev up some dirt. Various times at Capital One Arena. $20-$110. — Hau Chu

Jo Koy, Jan. 25-26

Filipino American stand-up comic Jo Koy built a following through frequent appearances on Chelsea Handler’s now-defunct E! talk show, “Chelsea Lately,” “The Adam Carolla Show” podcast and relentless touring. With a relatable, everyman style of comedy, Koy has found universal appeal telling personal stories that feel universal, as seen in his most recent Netflix special “Comin’ In Hot” (or as heard on his podcast “The Koy Pond”). The comedian has another Netflix special in the works, which he’ll film in the Philippines two weeks before a two-night stand in the District. He’s also preparing for this year’s debut of his TruTV animated series “This Functional Family,” which centers on a multigenerational, multiracial family. 7:30 p.m. at DAR Constitution Hall. $46.50-$71.50. — Rudi Greenberg