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Thursday, Feb. 1
6:00 – 9:00 PM, Ultimate Megafort at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Join your friends or form new alliances for an exciting after-hours, 21 and over event celebrating forts, fun, food and battle! Design and construct a cardboard fort, then engage your opponents in a foam ball battle. First come, first served. $45, info.
5:00 – 8:30 PM, Two Bars, Three Stars: Phillips After 5 at The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Come celebrate all things D.C. with local artists, entrepreneurs and musicians! Hear local artists talk about other D.C. artists featured in the permanent collection and enjoy a performance by D.C. composer and singer Lulu Fall. $12, info.
Friday, Feb. 2
5:00 – 9:00 PM, Crystal Couture Show & Sale at Crystal City Venue, 1750 Crystal Drive, Arlington. Over 30 of the region’s most fashionable boutiques, clothing shops and designers will gather for two days of shopping, runways and fashionable fun. Free, info.
5:00 – 6:30 PM, Color-In Creativity: Young Professionals Coloring Night at The Smithsonian American Art Museum Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. Peruse the cases and color pages based on works on view in the Luce Center. Snacks and libations will be available for purchase. Free, info.
6:00 – 8:00 PM, First Friday Dupont Circle Art Walk at various participating D.C.-area venues. Art galleries, retailers and historic houses will be open for self-guided art walks. Free, info.
7:00 PM, GWU and Politics and Prose presents Rose McGowan in conversation with PBS Public Editor and former executive editor of NPR News Madhulika Sikka at GW Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW. $12/person, $35/with book, info.
8:00 PM, Battle of the Sexes at the BlackRock Center for the Arts: Join comedians Ross Bennett, Kerri Louise, Tony Deyo and Robyn Schall for a relationship-centric comedy battle. Be prepared for tales of love and bad dates. $17-$25, info.
Saturday, Feb. 3
4:00 PM, An Affinity for Minimalism Exhibit on display at the National Gallery of Art, East Building, 440 Constitution Ave NW. Four films assembled by reduction, achieving maximum effect through seemingly simple means. Free, info.
11:00 – 3:00 PM, Brunch Fest, hosted by Drink.Eat.Relax at Dock5 at Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. Enjoy brunch samples from 15+ of D.C.'s hottest brunch spots. $89, info.
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Ten Americans: After Paul Klee at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Exhibit featuring works by Swiss-born painter Paul Klee and American artists including Jackson Pollock, Gene Davis and Robert Motherwell. Through May 6. $10-$12, info.
Sunday, Feb. 4
3:30 – 4:30 PM, Piffaro, the Renaissance Band Exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Celebrating Vermeer and the masters of genre painting: inspiration and rivalry. Free, info.
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, National Harbor's Restaurant Week Launch at participating D.C.-area locations. Dinner menus available for $28, lunch menus for $20 from more than 40 restaurants, info.
Monday, Feb. 5
8:00 PM, Opening Night of "Familiar" at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. Enjoy this award-winning look at a Zimbabwean family living in Minnesota as they grapple with tensions between tradition and assimilation. Pay what you can performance, info.
Tuesday, Feb. 6
7:30 PM, The Great Society at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. In the tradition of Robert Caro’s multi-volume Lyndon B. Johnson series, playwright Robert Schenkkan has written ambitious separate works that together tell the 36th president’s tale. $56 to $101, info.
7:00 PM, Opening Night of Alvin Ailey’s "Revelations" at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. This sorrowful and hopeful piece has been drawing audiences since its 1960 premiere. Works by choreographers Twyla Tharp and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano. Continues through Feb. 11. $49-$175, info.
Wednesday, Feb. 7
6:00 – 8:00 PM, 100th Anniversary Celebrations of Czech Independence at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. Includes the opening of the exhibition "Masaryk as a Phenomenon," courtesy of the National Museum of the Czech Republic, with remarks by National Museum Director Michal Lukeš. info.
8:00 PM, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Appearance, presented by Washington Performing Arts, is led by music director Riccardo Muti in a program that includes Brahms’ Second Symphony and the overture to Giuseppe Verdi’s “I Vespri Siciliani.” $50-$165, info.
Thursday, Feb. 8
7:30 PM, "Something Rotten"at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. A Tony-nominated Shakespearean spoof set in 1595 about two playwright brothers desperate to get one up on the Bard by putting on the very first musical the world’s ever seen. $48-$178, info.
Friday, Feb. 9
8:00 PM, SOME Young Professionals' Winter Ball at National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Join fellow Washingtonians for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and fabulous live entertainment. Benefits SOME’s affordable housing programs for homeless. $90, info.
8:00 – 10:00 PM, Taste of the South 2018 Pre-Party at Hawthorne, 1336 U St. NW. Enjoy a full open bar, bites, music and entertainment. Benefits Taste of the South’s charity program. $30-$35, info.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
6:00 – 10:00 PM, Mardi Gras Block Party at Dock5 at Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. Enjoy food and drink tastings, entertainment, auctions, costume and cocktail contests. $65, info.
7:00 PM, author Dave Eggers at Sixth and I, 600 I St. NW. Eggers will discuss his latest nonfiction work, "The Monk of Mokha," followed by a signing session. $38, includes book, info.
Saturday, Feb. 24
8:00 PM, A WINNter Affair at The Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Hosted by the Young Ambassadors Council to raise critical funds to support The Inn’s mission of providing hope and healing to the families they serve. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing. $150, info.