#GWtoDo: Your Curated Arts and Events Agenda

GW’s storied dance program caps the semester with its annual concert. Plus the Corcoran faculty recital, Patti Smith at Sixth & I, a pop-up punk rock flea market and more.

Dance Concert 2022


Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Fall Dance Concert

Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St., NW
$10 to $20

Join GW dancers and featured guest artists, including Ukrainian independent dance auteur Anton Ovichinnikov, for this annual celebration of movement.

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Ongoing through Nov. 27 One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Ave. & 7th St., SW
Free same-day timed pass required

Less than two weeks are left to catch this exhibition by Yayoi Kusama, whose intensely visual immersive exhibitions laid the groundwork for much of today’s Insta-friendly art. This exhibition of five works from the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection includes two of her “Infinity Mirror Rooms.”




Ongoing: “What’s Going On” at the Rubell Museum

65 Eye St., SW
$15/Free to D.C. residents

The District’s newest museum opened Oct. 29 in the former building of Randall Junior High School, a historically Black public school in Southwest D.C. that ceased operations in 1978. This ambitious exhibition features art inspired by the eponymous Marvin Gaye track and is headlined by iconic work from Keith Haring.


Ongoing through Dec. 10 Transformer20

Flagg Building
500 17th St., NW

The prestigious local arts mainstay returns to the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design for its 20th anniversary with this exhibition featuring 100 artworks from major and emerging artists. Curatorial walkthroughs, performances, artist talks and other special programming will be scheduled throughout the run. 




Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. The Power of Public Scholarship: Using Social Media to Educate, Advocate and Liberate

Corcoran Hall, Room 101
725 21st St., NW
Registration requested

GW alumna Angel Jones is an educator, activist and critical race scholar who uses creative methods like hip hop and poetry to center the voices and experiences of the Black community. Her research explores the impact of racism on mental health. She’ll discuss her book, “Street Scholar,” a challenge and promise to academia about the necessity of public engagement.








Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. Museums Today: Curating the American Past

Registration required

During his quarter-century as curator of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Pete Daniel found himself dealing with demanding donors and compliant administrators who tried to force self-congratulatory exhibitions on a museum dealing with a complicated, not purely celebratory history. He’ll discuss the ways he tried to defend the museum’s standards and integrity while preparing exhibitions on challenging topics like America’s racist past and the promotion of toxic chemicals for agricultural use.





Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. Puerto Rican Politics: One-on-One Conversation with Juan Dalmau

Online and in person
Elliott School of International Affairs, Room B12
1957 E St., NW
Registration required 

[email protected], the Puerto Rican Student Association at GW and Boricuas Unidos en la Diáspora host this conversation with the current leader and Secretary General of the Puerto Rican Independence Party. In the 2024 election cycle, Juan Dalmau could lead a political alliance that may launch him to the governorship, becoming the first pro-independence and leftist head of state in the history of Puerto Rico. The event will be followed by a networking reception from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Patti Smith: Songs and Stories

Online and in person
Sixth & I
600 Eye St., NW
$36 to $45

In 2018, writer and performer Patti Smith posted her first Instagram photo. Known for shooting with a film camera, Smith started posting images from her phone: portraits of her kids, her radiator, her boots, her cat. In her newest book, the National Book Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee collected over 365 photos taking readers through a year in the life, which she’ll discuss at this concert-slash-conversation.




Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. Misty Copeland: Honoring a Trailblazing Black Ballerina


Misty Copeland made history as the first African American principal ballerina at American Ballet Theatre. Supporting Copeland’s rise was her mentor, the late Raven Wilkinson, who was virtually alone in her quest to breach the all-white ballet world when she fought to be taken seriously as a Black ballerina in the 1950s and ’60s. Copeland’s new book, “The Wind at My Back,” tells the story of two unapologetically Black ballerinas and how their friendship changed each other and the dance world forever. She’ll discuss the importance of mentorship, of shared artistic heritage and of respecting the past to ensure a stronger future with Julie Kent, artistic director of The Washington Ballet.




Nov. 19 at noon Punk Rock Flea Market

St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church
1525 Newton St., NW

It’s more than safety pins and dog collars. Cool old and new stuff of all varieties is available at this local indie institution.




Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. Native American Heritage Celebration Month Program

Online and in person
Lindner Family Commons
Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 602
1957 E St., NW
Registration requested (online/in person)

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the Elliott School’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and U.S. Department of State's Native American Foreign Affairs Council hosts this discussion, "Issues of Repatriation and Respect for Native Heritage and Cultural Patrimony," with experts Sharri Clarke, Jack Jackson Jr. and Maxine Hillary.

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