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300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE
Building on the success of the blockbuster 300, 300: Rise of an Empire, based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, moves the action to the sea as Greek forces are united against massive invading Persian forces. Noam Murro's flick is rated R for ''strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language.'' Opens Friday, March 7. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com.
MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN
A dog is cute and all, until he eats your homework -- or creates a time machine that ''accidentally rips a hole in the universe and causes havoc with world history.'' Yes, indeed, that's the premise of this animated feature from Rob Minkoff and featuring the voices of Ty Burrell as Mr. Peabody and Max Charles as his troublemaking human companion Sherman. Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney and Ariel Winter also guest-voice roles here. Opens Friday, March 7. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Every Friday and Saturday night, Landmark's E Street Cinema shows films at midnight that are more risqué or campy than the usual fare. And no surprise, once a month brings screenings of a certain cult classic. Each screening is accompanied by the ''shadow cast'' Sonic Transducers, who act out the film in front of the screen with props and costumes. Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, at midnight. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 or visit landmarktheatres.com.
BACK TO METHUSELAH, PART I
The Washington Stage Guild presents the first two plays in George Bernard Shaw's sprawling five-play cycle Back to Methuselah: In The Beginning and The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas. Shaw's cycle starts in the Garden of Eden and ends in a final act, ''As Far As Thought Can Reach,'' set in the far-off future, specifically 31,920 A.D. Full of predictions, many that have come true, and comedy, the series is so rarely staged professionally, even the annual Shaw Festival in Canada has only done it once, 28 years ago. WSG will offer the next two plays in the cycle next season, and then the final play in 2016, when WSG turns 30. To March 19. Undercroft Theatre of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Tickets are $40 to $50. Call 240-582-0050 or visit stageguild.org.
BEACHES: A MUSICAL
Yes, it's true: Signature Theatre presents a world premiere musical adapted from the 1985 novel, best remembered as the 1988 weepy film starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. Signature's Eric Schaeffer directs Mara Davi (Broadway's A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone) and Alysha Umphress (Broadway's American Idiot) in this musical adaptation by original author Iris Rainer Dart, with assistance from book writer Thom Thomas and composer David Austin. To March 23. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Call 703-820-9771 or visit signature-theatre.org.
ELLA FITZGERALD: FIRST LADY OF SONG
Freda Payne has absolutely no trouble channeling the big voice of Ella Fitzgerald, and it's actually quite remarkable. Payne, who had a pop hit in 1970 with "Band of Gold," hits all the right notes singing, scatting, even occasionally ad libbing in MetroStage's latest bio-musical, Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song. But she isn't much of an actor. The enthusiasm Payne has performing as Fitzgerald is often lacking when merely portraying her, delivering lines from Lee Summers's book as if unsure of their veracity or her memory, or both. MetroStage's relatively barebones production doesn't give Payne much wiggle room either. To March 16. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. Tickets are $55 to $60. Call 800-494-8497 or visit metrostage.org. (Doug Rule)
MISS NELSON IS MISSING
Jennifer Nelson directs an Adventure Theatre MTC production of a musical based on the popular children's books by Harry Allard, with book, music and lyrics by Joan Cushing. Closes this Sunday, March 9. Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md. Tickets are $19. Call 301-634-2270 or visit adventuretheatre-mtc.org.
WSC Avant Bard presents Sarah Ruhl's new adaptation of Virginia Woolf's most imaginative novel, a wild and wonderful romp through centuries and across genders and based in part on the life of Woolf's lover Vita Sackville-West. Amber Jackson directs this regional premiere of Orlando featuring company members Sara Barker and Jay Hardee. To March 24. Theatre on the Run, 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. Tickets are $25 to $35. Call 703-418-4808 or visit wscavantbard.org.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
A late-Victorian romp filled with Oscar Wilde's relentless wit and merciless jabs at high society, the Shakespeare Theater Company's The Importance of Being Earnest may be just the ticket for a bitterly cold winter's evening. With wordplay that tickles the brain, creampuff costumes, an all-around insuppressible cheerfulness, and the kind of elocution that borders on the hypnotic, it's easy to forget about things like snow, ice and unscheduled leave -- as long as one doesn't also fall into a long winter's nap. Which is to say that despite its confectionary-like pleasures (including some fine sets) and its exuberant good-naturedness, this isn't the most riveting of productions. Though it's hard to put a finger on it, suffice to say it's something to do with a slight lag in rhythm, a slight lack of chemistry and a slight imbalance between the smug and the sardonic tones that must drive the play. Extended to March 16. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. Tickets are $20 to $115. Call 202-547-1122 or visit shakespearetheatre.org. (Kate Wingfield)
THE WEDDING DRESS
Spooky Action Theatre presents what is billed as a visual feast filled with movement, by famous Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues. A blend of a film noir murder mystery, love story and portrait of madness -- and presented in the forms of memory, hallucination and reality -- The Wedding Dress focuses on the effects of a repressive society. Specifically, a woman and her family in the 1930s, and a madam and her brothel and her lover 30 years prior. Rebecca Holderness directs the production. Closes this Sunday, March 9. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. Tickets are $25 to $35. Call 202-248-0301 or visit spookyaction.org.
THE YOUNG LADY FROM TACNA
Jose Carrasquillo from Puerto Rico directs the latest show at GALA Theatre, La Señorita de Tacna, written by Peruvian 2010 Nobel Prize Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. This memory play, performed in Spanish with English surtitles, is a moving and humorous portrait of a family and its secrets, focused on a 100-year-old spinster aunt and her canceled engagement to a Chilean captain when she was young. Carlos Castillo and Luz Nicolas star. Closes this Sunday, March 9. GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square, 3333 14th St. NW. Tickets are $38 to $42. Call 202-234-7174 or visit galatheatre.org.
AND ONE HALF Nina Raine's Tribes covers a lot of ground and conveys much about the strengths and weaknesses of a tribe of any kind, be it a family or a community or a culture. Far more than a play about the experience of being deaf or an examination of deaf culture, though, Raine's play ultimately pivots on the twin issues of language and communication. Even the most minor subplots relate to these fundamental human expressions. Studio's interpretive production, helmed by the company's artistic director David Muse, only enhances Raine's points. Extended to March 16. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. Tickets are $39 to $75. Call 202-332-3300 or visit studiotheatre.org. (Doug Rule)
WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT…
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company offers Jackie Sibblies Drury's We Are Proud to Present…, billed as a fast-paced, funny and wholly unique take on race and empathy. The story revolves around a group of idealistic actors -- half black, half white -- who tell a little-known story of a centuries-old conflict in South West Africa. But the actors' own stories, subjectivities and ingrained prejudices rise to the surface. Michael John Garcés directs the production that includes Dawn Ursula, Andreu Honeycutt, Joe Isenberg and Holly Twyford. Closes this Sunday, March 9. Woolly Mammoth, 641 D St. NW. Tickets range from $35 to $72.50. Call 202-393-3939 or visit woollymammoth.net.
WORLD STAGES 2014: INTERNATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL
The Kennedy Center plays host over the next month to this contemporary theater festival featuring 13 fully staged productions, including nine U.S. premieres, plus theater-focused installations, staged readings and panel discussions. Melbourne Theatre Company, the National Theatre of China, Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, the National Theatre of Iceland are just a few of the companies from 20 countries on tap for the festival, which also includes works by famed director Peter Brook, novelist/playwright Ariel Dorfman and acclaimed War Horse collaborators Tom Morris and the Handspring Puppet Company. The Suit, from France's Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, is the festival's first performance, on Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Festival runs to April 6. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org or washingtonballet.org.
BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Marin Alsop leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a program focused on two Russian romantic composers: Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff. Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins to perform the centerpiece, Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, on a bill that also includes Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances and Vocalise. Thursday, March 6, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Also Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Tickets are $29 to $94. Call 410-783-8000 or visit bsomusic.org.
BOHEMIAN CAVERNS JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Every Monday night the 17-piece jazz orchestra performs a variety of music from the big band repertoire -- including pieces by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billy Strayhorn and Maria Schneider, plus originals from band members -- at its namesake venue. Founded by baritone saxophonist Brad Linde and club owner Omrao Brown, features some of D.C.'s best jazz musicians, including Linde and trumpeter Joe Herrera, who co-direct. Performances at 8 and 10 p.m. every Monday night. Bohemian Caverns, 2001 11th St. NW. Tickets are $10. Call 202-299-0800 or visit bohemiancaverns.com.
BRIAN D'ARCY JAMES
This Tony-nominated actor (Shrek, Next to Normal) is the latest to get Barbara Cook's Spotlight for a night of cabaret at the Kennedy Center. Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets are $45. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org or washingtonballet.org.
CAPITAL ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL 2014
Music Celebrations International presents a Kennedy Center concert featuring four outstanding North American youth orchestras: Florida's Vero Beach High School Philharmonic, Michigan's Traverse City Central High School Symphony, Arizona's Mesquite High Symphonic Strings, and Ontario's Halton Mississauga Youth Orchestra. Sunday, March 9, at 1 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are free, but must be ordered through Music Celebrations International. Call 800-395-2036 or visit musccelebrations.org or kennedy-center.org.
GAY MEN'S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON
The latest production from the Gay Men's Chorus, Von Trapped is -- What else? -- a gay parody of The Sound of Music. GMCW's Jeff Buhrman helms the show, with assist from choreographer James Elizy, with campy chorus versions of the standards from this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, including ''The Hills Are Alive,'' ''Climb Every Mountain'' and ''Do Re Mi.'' Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 16, at 3 p.m. Lisner Auditorium, The George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Tickets are $54. Call 202-994-6851 or visit lisner.org or gmcw.org.
HOOSHIR A CAPPELLA, POTOMAC FEVER
HooShir, Indiana University's premier co-ed a cappella group, with Jewish roots, joins Potomac Fever, the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington's select a cappella pop ensemble, in a special program at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Tickets are $29. Call 703-323-0880 or visit jccnv.org.
NATIONAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Led by gay musical director Leo Sushansky, this ensemble, Artisphere's Ensemble in Residence, offers a program toasting Vivaldi's birthday featuring Sushansky as a solo violinist performing Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Meteorologist Doug Kammerer of NBC4 and WAMU serves as guest host for this multimedia program in which he'll also read from Vivaldi's Sonnets For The Four Seasons. Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Tickets are $30. Call 703-875-1100 or visit artisphere.com or nationalchamberensemble.org.
Brian Ganz joins the National Philharmonic to perform Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in a program, led by Michal Dworzynski, which also includes the Fairytale Overture of Stanislaw Moniuszko, regarded as the father of the Polish national opera, and one of Mozart's last symphonies, the warm and autumnal Symphony No. 39. Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $28 to $84. Call 301-581-5100 or visit strathmore.org.
NIL AKWEI ADOTEYE, NIKY EGAN, TYLER LYLE, KAVITA SHAH
The music industry's ASCAP Foundation presents a showcase of new songwriters, similar in spirit to its annual ''Broadway Today and Tomorrow'' series showcasing new composers. Both series offer free concerts as part of the Millennium Stage programming at the Kennedy Center. This year's ''Songwriters: The Next Generation'' series, hosted by radio host Larry Groce, features Nil Akwei Adoteye and Nicky Egan, on Wednesday, March 12, and Tyler Lyle and Kavita Shah, on Thursday, March 13, at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Free. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES
Beatlesmania performers perennially tour the nation with their show Rain, re-creating every note, song, gesture and nuance of the Fab Four -- including many of the band's later songs, which they never actually performed live. The latest stop in town is at the Warner Theatre. Friday, March 14, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 15, at 3 and 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. Tickets are $20 to $60. Call 202-783-4000 or visit warnertheatredc.com.
RENEE FLEMING, NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Celebrity soprano Renée Fleming headlines a concert, led by the NSO's Christoph Eschenbach, marking 150 years since Richard Strauss's birth with a performance of the composer's comic opera Der Rosenkavalier. The concert also features mezzo-soprano Marisol Montalvo, bass Fran Hawlata, baritone Adrian Erod and tenor Steve Davislim. Saturday, March 8, at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $30 to $250. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
''Salt-N-Pepa's here, and we're in effect,'' Cheryl ''Salt'' James and Sandy ''Pepa'' Denton -- along with Dee Dee Roper, aka DJ Spinderella -- will no doubt rap when the pioneering female hip-hop crew returns to the Howard Theatre stage, less than a half year since their debut over Labor Day 2013. They'll also talk about sex, shoop-a-doop and a mighty mighty good man. And no doubt the crowd will be talking about all that too, right in time. Thursday, March. 13, at 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. Tickets are $39.50 in advance or $45 day of. Call 202-588-5595 or visit thehowardtheatre.com.
A hit-maker in her native China, the Vancouver-based artist who goes by the name Wanting is now trying to break into the U.S. The jazzy/hip-hop-oriented pop artist tours in support of her latest album Say The Words, produced in collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Ron Aniello (Bruce Springsteen). Cody Karey and Kat Parsons are also on the bill. Thursday, March 13, at 8 p.m. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Tickets are $25. Call 202-408-3100 or visit sixthandi.org.
WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA
Herman Melville's classic Moby-Dick is now a triumphant opera with music by Jake Heggie and a libretto by Gene Scheer, featuring massive nautical sets, dazzling visual effects, a beautiful score and a talented cast. The Washington National Opera offers the East Coast premiere of this English-language opera about Captain Ahab and the whale, originally commissioned by the Dallas Opera Company and conducted by Evan Rogister. Carl Tanner and Stephen Costello lead the cast. To March 8. Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets are $25 to $305. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS
Turns out, the fantastically named Scottish band doesn't need jetpacks to soar. The quartet's post-punk energy gets most songs moving at just the right amount of speed, they're aloft once reaching the soaring choruses reminiscent of U2. Friday, March 7. Doors at 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Tickets are $18 day of show. Call 202-667-4490 or visit blackcatdc.com.
YOUNG ARTISTS OF AMERICA
Young Artists of America premieres a fully orchestrated version of Songs for a New World, a 19-year-old theatrical song cycle by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County, The Last Five Years). Serving as guest conductor, Brown presents five new orchestrations for this production featuring 87 area high school students in the YAA youth orchestra and vocal ensemble, plus vocal solos by Signature Theatre regulars Tracy Lynn Olivera and Nova Y. Payton, Dr. Rachelle Fleming, Michael Mainwaring and YAA's artistic director Rolando Sanz, and accompaniment by Adam Michael Kaufman. Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 16, at 3 p.m. Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac, Md. Tickets are $20 to $35. Call 301-272-8604 or youngartistsamerica.org.
CHOREOGRAPHERS COLLABORATION PROJECT
Mary Jo Smet and Janet Stormes founded the Choreographers Collaboration Project over 15 years ago as a modern dance company, one meant to serve as a lab for emerging choreographers to inspire creativity and expand audiences. As part of its theme this year, ''Dancing in non-traditional venues,'' the Alexandria-based company stops by the Athenaeum to perform works-in-progress by its company choreographers, youth dancers and guest artist ACW Dances. Monday, March 10, at 7 p.m. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. Tickets are $10. Call 703-548-0035 or visit nvfaa.org or ccpdance.org.
CHRISTOPHER K. MORGAN AND ARTISTS
Led by its gay namesake, this company returns for its third season at McLean's Alden Theatre with an evening of mixed repertory, including the world premiere of Dissolving, exploring themes of water pollution and conservation and incorporating locally collected rainwater. Morgan worked with guest choreographer Matthew Cumbie of Dance Exchange and composer Jonathan Kolm. Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, at 8 p.m. Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., Mclean, Va. Tickets are $18 to $27. Call 703-790-0123 or visit aldentheatre.org.
THE WASHINGTON BALLET
If you've grown a little weary of the latest anniversary-pegged Beatlesmania in America, at least the Washington Ballet broadens the focus. British Invasion: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones features two rock ballets: Trey McIntyre's Beatles-set A Day in the Life and Christopher Bruce's Rolling Stones-set Rooster -- plus, out of left field, Christopher Wheeldon's There Where She Loved, set to the music of Kurt Weill and Frederic Chopin. To March 9. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $25 to $125. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org or washingtonballet.org.
Only two years ago she was just a blip on even a comedy connoisseur's radar, as a finalist on Last Comic Standing. But now there's Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer, which is apparently popular enough to allow her to perform her standup beyond the small comedy club circuit. Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m. D.A.R. Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. Call 202-628-1776 or visit dar.org/conthall.
Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time is an examination from this award-winning Washington Post journalist into the issue of work/life balance at which so many of us, especially in Washington, are failing. In what should make for an interesting twist, she sits for a discussion about the book with her husband Tom Bowman. Tuesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Tickets are $12, or $26 including one book, $32 including two. Call 202-408-3100 or visit sixthandi.org.
Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot is a journalistic chronicle of the Russian feminist punk/performance art group that you may have heard of or even seen by now. Members of the collective have been persecuted criticizing loudly and widely Vladimir Putin and his anti-democracy and of course anti-LGBT policies and practices. The Russian investigative reporter Gessen, whose earlier work includes The Man without a Face, a critical biography of Putin, will discuss Pussy Riot and today's Russia, which she has called despairing and only getting worse. As a lesbian, Gessen recently made the tough but understandable decision to leave her homeland and take up residence in New York. Saturday, March 8, at 6 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-364-1919 or visit politics-prose.com.
Written by a longtime D.C. resident -- and Centaur MC member -- who is now a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Sex Workers Unite! A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk is a well-researched examination of the world's oldest -- yet most maligned -- profession, which has become all but mainstream, though certainly still underappreciated and disrespected. Chateauvert reads from her new book Wednesday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. Call 202-789-2227 or visit busboysandpoets.com or sexworkersunite.com.
OLYMPIA DUKAKIS: ROSE CONCERT READING
The Oscar winner (Moonstruck, Steel Magnolias) offers a concert reading of her one-woman play, Rose, about a feisty Jewish woman who with humor, guile and spirit survived some of the major events that shaped the 20th century. Thursday, March 13, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $26 to $70. Call 301-581-5100 or visit strathmore.org.
A NEW AGE OF EXPLORATION: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AT 125
As part of an organization-wide toast to the first 125 years, the National Geographic Museum offers a visual and interactive exhibition celebrating modern exploration by featuring some of the most iconic moments from the institution and its bedrock magazine. Entered through an archway made of hundreds of issues of National Geographic magazine, the exhibition in the complex's 17th Street gallery features the work of National Geographic explorers, photographers, scientists and journalists -- everyone from Jacques Cousteau to James Cameron -- and is sponsored by GEICO, with the North Face a sponsor of giveaways and events throughout its run. Through June. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. Tickets are $11. Call 202-857-7588 or visit ngmuseum.org.
ATLAS'S INTERSECTIONS: A NEW AMERICA ARTS FESTIVAL
Every year, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, the H Street Corridor's hub, creates a true hubbub in the neighborhood, attracting upwards of 9,000 people over three weekends to its ''Intersections: A New America Arts Festival.'' Now in its fifth year, Intersections features hundreds of artists, most participating in multidisciplinary, curated events – intersections among different art forms, such as filmmakers with musicians, or spoken-word artists with dancers. Weekends to March 10. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Ticket prices and passes vary. Call 202-399-7993 or visit atlasarts.org and intersectionsdc.org.
ASCAP: ONE HUNDRED YEARS AND BEYOND
The Library of Congress offers an exhibition featuring 45 objects celebrating the work of the leading organization advocating on behalf of musical artists. Included in this centennial toast to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is the original manuscript of Henry Mancini's The Pink Panther theme, Paul Williams's lyrics for ''The Rainbow Connection,'' and the original lyrics, including the many drafts and revisions, to the Barbra Streisand staple ''The Way We Were,'' written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. There's also interactive, audio and video stations, and the screening of a film featuring artists explaining ASCAP's work. Through July 26. Performing Arts Reading Room Gallery, the Library of Congress's James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Call 202-707-8000 or visit loc.gov/concerts.
CREATING THE IDEAL HOME, 1800-1939
Housed in the same building as Constitution Hall, the D.A.R. Museum offers a new exhibit exploring the evolution of household comfort and conveniences, and how American inventors patented all sorts of laborsaving and leisure-providing home devices, from the vacuum and the washing machine to the telephone and television. Through Aug. 30. D.A.R. Museum, 1776 D St. NW. Admission is free. Call 202-879-3241 or visit dar.org/museum.
GENOME: UNLOCKING LIFE'S CODE
Thanks to the work of the decade-long, $3 billion Human Genome Project, human society has gained much greater insight into our bodies and our health. Scientists have identified genes that contribute to disease, stoking hope for ways to treat or eradicate cancer among many other ailments. This new Smithsonian exhibition, which will travel the country later next year, explores the work and growth in sequencing technology that helped spark this medical and scientific revolution. Through September. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Call 202-633-1000 or visit mnh.si.edu.
HOMOCATS: FIGHT THE POWER
Transformer presents New York-based artist J. Morrison's playful large-scale installation, featuring drawings and prints exploring both the abundance of cat culture on the Internet and the intersection of art and activism. This Valentine's Day-pegged exhibition questions the state of modern love. Through March 15. Transformer, 1404 P St. NW. Call 202-483-1102 or visit transformerdc.org.
HUMAN, SOUL & MACHINE: THE COMING SINGULARITY!
Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum opens its 19th original thematic yearlong exhibition this weekend. Human, Soul & Machine is a playful examination of the serious impact of technology on our lives, as seen through the eyes of more than 40 artists, futurists and inventors in a hot-wired blend of art, science, humor and imagination. Through August. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore. Call 410-244-1900 or visit avam.org.
MAKE SOME NOISE: STUDENTS AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Pegged to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and just one of several exhibitions at the Newseum marking the occasion, Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement explores the new generation of student leaders that emerged in the 1960s to fight segregation and fight for civil rights. John Lewis, now a U.S. representative from Georgia, and Julian Bond, a former chair of the NAACP, are among the leaders highlighted here. Through 2015. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets are $21.95 for general admission. Call 888-NEWSEUM or visit newseum.org.
MICHELLE PETERSON-ALBANDOZ'S REWOOD
Long View Gallery offers another show from Michelle Peterson-Albandoz, a Chicago-based artist whose large, hanging-wood sculptures are made from reclaimed wood, often found in ''dumpsters and back alleys,'' she told Metro Weekly a couple years ago. Through March 16. Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St. NW. Call 202-232-4788 or visit longviewgallery.com.
MIKE WEBER'S SYNCHRONICITY
Former D.C.-based gay artist returns for a show at Long View Gallery with Synchronicity, which starts with photographs of tame animals as seen on sustainable farms or within rescue centers. Weber then layers additional materials to create both a sense of chaos and harmony simultaneously. Through March 13. Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St. NW. Call 202-232-4788 or visit longviewgallery.com.
ONE LIFE: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
One Life: Martin Luther King Jr. features historic photographs, prints, paintings and memorabilia, mostly drawn from the National Portrait Gallery's extensive collection, tracing the trajectory of King's career. Through June 1. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW. Call 202-633-8300 or visit npg.si.edu.
OVERDRIVE: L.A. CONSTRUCTS THE FUTURE, 1940-1990
Organized by L.A.'s J. Paul Getty Museum, this exhibition traces the city's transformation into an internationally recognized destination with its own design vocabulary, canonized landmarks and coveted way of life. Through March 10. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Tickets are $8. Call 202-272-2448 or visit nbm.org.
PASSION OF THE EMPRESS: CATHERINE THE GREAT'S ART PATRONAGE
In the 18th century Catherine the Great reigned over a golden age of Russian culture, founding what would become the State Hermitage Museum and transforming St. Petersburg into one of Europe's cultural centers. Hillwood Museum presents Passion of the Empress, which presents a selection of dazzling, finely crafted decorative art pieces in gold, silver, porcelain and enamel -- from Hillwood's collection as well as other pieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, the Birmingham Museum of Art and private collections. To June 8. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Suggested donation is $12. Call 202-686-5807 or visit HillwoodMuseum.org.
WPA'S ANNUAL ART AUCTION: SELECT 2014
''Select 2014'' from the Washington Project for the Arts is touted as the highlight of D.C.'s contemporary art world season. Featuring works by more than 100 established and emerging artists from around the region and beyond, as selected by local curators and the WPA's board of directors, the exhibition and auction offers something for collectors both seasoned and aspiring. Through March 21. Gala is Saturday, March 22, from 7 to 11 p.m. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-875-1100 or visit artisphere.com.
WINDOW TO WASHINGTON
''Window to Washington: The Kiplinger Collection at HSW'' is an exhibition at Washington's Carnegie Library that traces the development of the nation's capital from a sleepy Southern town to a modern metropolis, as documented through the works of artists. The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., exhibition was made possible by a donation from the Kiplinger family. It's also an early step in a reorganization effort by the society, which has struggled to revive ever since its short-lived effort a decade ago to run a City Museum of Washington proved too ambitious. Open Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., at the Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. Call 202-393-1420 or visit historydc.org.
A month after presenting a pre-New York run of Steven Fales's Mormon Boy Trilogy plays, Virginia's LGBT-focused theater company Richmond Triangle Players offers a production of Matthew Lombardo's drama High, about a nun's test of her faith as she tries to help a 19-year-old meth-addicted hustler get clean. George Boyd directs this production featuring Jonathan Hardison, Melissa Johnston Price and Kyle Cornell. As with Fales's plays, Lombardo's High is presented as part of the Richmond-wide The Acts of Faith Festival, putting spirituality onstage. To March 15. Richmond Triangle Players, 1300 Altamont Ave., Richmond. Tickets are $30. Call 804-346-8113 or visit rtriangle.org.