Weekend Roundup, Aug. 17 – 20

Things are a bit quieter this weekend as we continue moving through the dog days of summer. School starts soon (can you believe it?) so get out and about and enjoy these beautiful days of summer.

See Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” Live at The Kennedy Center 

Running tonight through August 27, see Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. The New York Times called the play “the most successful American play in Broadway history.” Ticket information can be found here. 

“Sing a Song!” ~ Relive The Good Old Days with Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind & Fire 

Friday at Capital One Arena brings the iconic Lionel Richie and R&B and disco band Earth, Wind & Fire together for a “Sing Along All Night Long” show. Richie as a solo artist and member of the band The Commodores is known for some of the best R&B songs of the last half century. Earth, Wind & Fire are the perfect get-up-and-dance accompaniment to Richie’s smooth sounds. Ticket information can be found here. 

Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind & Fire will be at Capital One Arena this weekend. Courtesy Capital One Arena.

Check out “Beyond Granite”  

In the very first curated outdoor exhibit in the history of the National Mall, The Trust for the National Mall begins a new series of installations seeking to create more diverse, inclusive, and equitable representation in the mall’s public spaces. The first exhibit of Beyond Granite is called “Pulling Together.” Inspired by the 1939 Easter Sunday performance of renowned Black opera singer, Marian Anderson, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial — as she was barred from nearby Constitution Hall due to segregation in the capital — the installation is the work of 6 artists. The “Beyond Granite” series includes art, performances and more designed to open imaginations. More information on the event can be found here. 

The first curated outdoor exhibit on the National Mall, “Beyond Granite” features “Pulling Together.” Courtesy The Trust for the National Mall.

“The Bridges of Madison County” Is at Signature Theatre 

Get ready for an emotional ride in this musical romance based on the blockbuster novel of the same name. Main character Francesca marries an American soldier to flee Italy at the end of the Second World War. She builds a home in Iowa, raises two kids and settles into a routine. Then, a photographer named Robert emerges on the scene. If you’ve read the book, the rest is history. The Tony Award-winning score alone is enough to make you want to see the show. Ticket information can be found here. 

“The Bridges of Madison County” is at Signature Theatre this weekend. Courtesy Signature Theatre.

“Sweat” Begins at Keegan Theatre 

Saturday is opening night for this play telling the story of friends who worked together on the floor of a factory. Layoffs and picket lines start breaking into the close relationships, pitting friend against friend. This one is warm with a lot of heart, making you appreciate your own friends. Ticket information can be found here. 

“Sweat” begins at the Keegan Theatre.

Stay Local with “This Land” at Washington Printmakers Gallery 

Running 2 to 5 p.m. daily through Aug. 27, don’t miss the Washington Printmakers Gallery’s printmakers and photographers’ views of the patriotic folk song “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie. The artists in this exhibit offer views on Guthrie’s lyrics and intentions all from their own personal perspectives. The collection examines the deeper meanings of the song, questioning whether all Americans feel the blessings of our land equally. More information on the exhibit can be found here. 

“What Could the Settlers See?” by Claire Wright, photograph on metallic paper, 24″ x 36″. On display at “This Land,” at Washington Printmakers.







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