Here are this Super Bowl weekend's best bets in nightlife, museums, music, theater and much more around the Washington area.
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Through Saturday: Gilbert Gottfried’s weekend at the D.C. Improv is your chance to see if the comedian will step in it again, make people double over laughing, or both. As late-night host Stephen Colbert recently remarked in an interview with Gottfried, who had just cracked wise about Jenny McCarthy, vaccines and autism: “There’s no joke you won’t tell.” (The comedian was recounting a joke he told at a gathering for the movie “Life, Animated.") Shows at 7:30 p.m. and also 9:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. $22.
Through Saturday: Best known for his run on “Saturday Night Live,” where he starred as Mango and the incredibly creepy Mr. Peepers, Chris Kattan brings his act to Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse. And he’s ready for the D.C. area audience: He recently revived his Bane (of “The Dark Knight Rises” fame) character for a “Funny or Die” video, criticizing President Trump for borrowing from his speech. (“I understand why you stole the line: It’s a powerful call to arms for unhappy citizens to fight for one man.”) Thursday at 7:45 p.m., Friday at 7:30 and 10 p.m., Saturday at 7 and 10 p.m. $22.
Friday-Saturday: After a week of showing off past anniversary beers, Port City is throwing a sixth birthday party for the release of Colossal 6, a Russian Imperial stout that will be available on tap and in bottles to take home. (The brewery says the 10.2-percent ABV stout will “age beautifully for years to come.”) There will be music and food trucks on both days. Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Free admission, beers priced individually.
Friday-Sunday: With "1967: Civil Rights at 50,” the Newseum continues its exploration of the civil rights movement and the role played by the first amendment. That was the year race riots erupted in major U.S. cities, the black power movement continued to grow and boxer Muhammad Ali was stripped of his championship. The Newseum opens at 9 a.m. $14.95-$24.95.
Friday-Sunday: As part of its ongoing Lillian Hellman Festival, celebrating the author, playwright and political activist, Arena Stage is producing “Watch on the Rhine,” one of her masterpieces, starring four-time Academy Award nominee Marsha Mason. The play takes place in the District, with tensions high as the United States is on the brink of entering World War II. Meanwhile, Mason’s character, Fanny, tries to keep her family — including her daughter’s German husband, an antifascist conspirator — safe. The play runs through March 5. $40-$90.
Friday: With Color-In Creativity Night at Luce Foundation, the Smithsonian American Art Museum gets in on the trend of adult coloring books by encouraging you to try mimicking some of the country’s greatest artists. The event center will offer colorless prints of works featured in the gallery waiting to be given life. They’re tossing in art supplies and free hot chocolate, and there’s a cash bar if you need more inspiration. 5:30 p.m. Free.
Friday: Two familiar road veterans converge at the Birchmere, which hosts Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets. Crenshaw peaked commercially in the 1980s, releasing critically acclaimed albums — including the hit “Someday, Someway” — while also appearing as Buddy Holly in “La Bamba.” The Bottle Rockets, meanwhile, helped kick off the alt-country movement in the 1990s, sharing the stage with the likes of Uncle Tupelo and the Old 97s. 7:30 p.m. $29.50.
Friday: Celebrate the work of a music legend with two local reggae bands at Bob Marley's 72nd Birthday Part at Gypsy Sally's. The show will feature the District's Nappy Riddem and Baltimore's Jah Works. 9 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
Saturday-Sunday: The French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec died young, at age 36, after living a full life and creating art that eventually would become ubiquitous: Versions of his prints, depicting Paris nightlife during the late 19th century, decorate college dorms, restaurants and furniture stores to this day. ‘Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque’ at the Phillips Collection highlights nearly 100 prints, posters and lithographs in his unmistakable style, showing the entertainers and everyday people of that era. The exhibit runs through April 30. $10-$12.
Saturday: The Lunar New Year Celebration takes over the Kennedy Center, with opportunities to dress up and learn about Chinese makeup and try such crafts as paper cutting and calligraphy. Chinese acrobats and musicians also will perform. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
Saturday: The International Spy Museum hosts “Slave Spy: The Story of James Lafayette,” a one-act play about an enslaved African American in Virginia who worked with the Marquis de Lafayette as a double agent during the Revolutionary War. Jamar Jones stars in Abigail Schumann's work. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free.
Saturday: A plane crashed on Feb. 3, 1959, taking with it the lives of three of rock's biggest stars: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, J.P. Richardson. The Buddy Holly Tribute at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club celebrates their music, with performances from Ruthie and the Wranglers, the Flea Bops, Rock-A-Sonics and many more. 8 p.m. $24.
Sunday: The Chinese New Year Celebration at the S. Dillon Ripley Center features performances by acrobats and a student opera from Beijing, as well as crafts related to the Year of the Rooster and a photo booth. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.