Catch ‘Em While You Can

The summer’s last-minute must-dos

The clock is ticking on these exhibits, performances and events unique to DC. Make sure to get in on the fun before they close up shop.

‘Jacob Lawrence: Struggle…From the History of the American People’ – Ends Aug. 9
Jacob Lawrence captures important moments in American history with vibrant, intense colors in  paintings at The Phillips Collection. Ranging from the Revolutionary War to the westward expansion in 1817, Lawrence’s Struggle Series illuminates a fascinating perspective on American history across its 12 panels.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


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‘Once’ – Ends Aug. 16
Adapted from a 2007 film, Once won eight Tony Awards in 2012, including Best Musical. Follow a Dublin street musician who is on the verge of abandoning music altogether, but becomes inspired by the interest of a beautiful young woman, taking his songs to a previously unimaginable level. A love affair grows, and the production soars with live musical performances.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

'The Book of Mormon' - Ends Aug. 16
One of the most renowned musicals of the last decade, The Book of Mormon is a Tony Award-winning tale of two Mormon missionaries in Africa penned by the kings of irreverence, Trey Parker and Matt Stone (creators of South Park). Watch two knuckleheads stagger through misadventures and awkward situations as they attempt to spread the Word.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


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Outdoor Film Season – Varying end times
Many of DC’s neighborhoods offer up green grass and a large screen for pristine movie viewing. Grab friends, family and a blanket and head to the nearest screening before times runs out. Enjoy a night of laughs, suspense or romance – whatever you’re in the mood for. The most popular of the outdoor film series is Screen on the Green, held on the National Mall and showing its last film on Aug. 10.

‘Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude’ – Ends Aug. 23
Before the British Longitude Act of 1714, there was no way to determine longitude while at sea. Naval officers, clockmakers, astronomers and many others spent five decades trying to find a solution, and this exhibition presents many notable artifacts from this quest, as well as digital displays that explain longitude concepts and materials.
Hours | Free admission
Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003


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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ – Ends Aug. 23
Ben Platt of the Pitch Perfect films stars in this musical based on a novel by Steven Levenson (Masters of Sex). Featuring a score from Tony-nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas StoryDogfight) the story follows Evan Hansen, who is on the verge of a perfect life with the ideal girl, a comforting family and social acceptance in tow. However, he has some major secrets that could derail it all.
Tickets
Kreeger Theater, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

‘HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation’ – Ends Aug. 30
The National Building Museum gives an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and its architectural practices, from the initial idea to finished products. If you don’t leave enthused about the future of city planning and building, you’ll at least feel inspired by truly thought-provoking designs.Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

‘The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi’ – Ends Aug. 30
Witness first comprehensive exhibit on Yasuo Kuniyoshi in the U.S. in over 65 years. Known for his eccentric work that featured disproportionate figures, intriguing usage of color and even political overtones later in his career, Kuniyoshi remains as essential as contemporaries such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Stuart Davis.
Hours | Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004

‘Watch This! Revelations in Media Art’ - Ends Sept. 7
This exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum explores the connection between new media, technology and art in everything from computer-driven films, installations, digital animation to 16 mm films and even video games. Works date back to the 1940s and include some from major artists, like Nam June Paik, whose FORTRAN computer program is shown publically for the first time.
Hours | Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004


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The BEACH – Ends Sept. 7
How does the National Building Museum follow up last year’s smash hit, The BIG MAZE? By throwing an indoor “beach” party, complete with an ocean of nearly one million recyclable translucent balls, a snack shack, umbrellas and chairs. Inside this 10,000 square-foot enclosure, visitors can hang out at the 50-foot wide shoreline with a refreshing drink and enjoy beach games like paddleball.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

‘Reporting Vietnam’ - Ends Sept. 12
Newseum highlights the media’s role in covering the controversial Vietnam War, which was brought into family living rooms and divided the nation. The exhibit features documentary films, a stirring era-appropriate soundtrack, news footage, extraordinary photography and cultural artifacts that are vital to understanding this game-changing conflict.
Hours & Admission
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001


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'Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015' – Ends Sept. 13
The National Museum of Women in the Arts continues its Women to Watch series with this exhibit that focuses on the dynamic relationship between women, nature and art. Work from female artists around the country, including drawing, sculpture, video and photography, will highlight the natural environment and its complexity, from its future to its immense power.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

American Moments: Photographs from The Phillips Collection' – Ends Sept. 13
This large visual exhibition of more than 100 photos flashes visitors back to the mid-20th century during a time of massive cultural change in America. Renowned photographers like Paul Strand and Bernice Abbott captured the rise of urban America after the Great Depression, using their awe-inspiring images to showcase a country coming into its own after severe financial and social strife.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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