Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, through Jan. 6
Need to get away from the family following Thanksgiving?
How about a whole lot of rock 'n' roll history?
The National Museum of Women in the Arts current exhibition titled "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" runs through January 6. In partnership with the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, the exhibition takes an in-depth look at womens contributions to rock, from its beginnings to today's pop stars.
The exhibition closes out the NMWA's 25th anniversary, and bookends a year that started with a scholarly look at 18th Century French painters.
"We were looking for something was completely different, focusing on popular culture and that would appeal to a very broad audience as well," said Kathryn Wat, NMWA's chief curator.
Wat added that while Baby Boomers get a kick out of the exhibit, she's seen a mix of visitors pass through the museum.
Highlights include Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress, Patti Smith's boots, a dress from Tina Turner, Wanda Jackson's guitar, and more.
Current pop favs get a lot of attention at the exhibit, but so do what Wat described as the foremothers of rock, including blues singers Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey.
"Part of what this exhibition aims to do is to let people know all about the important women artists who were there at the beginning of rock n roll."
When: Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Info: $10, $8 for seniors and students, under 18 are free; nmwa.org
The Grandsons at Wolf Trap, Friday
Popular D.C. based roots rock band will help ease the holiday stress.
When: 8 p.m., Friday
Info: $18, wolftrap.org
Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' at the Strathmore, Friday
One of the greatest albums of all time will be performed in its entirety live at Strathmore in Bethesda. Enjoy hits such as "Money" and "Time."
When: 8 p.m., Friday
Info: $28 to $38, strathmore.org
'Dying City' at Signature Theatre, through Saturday
This emotional play concludes its nearly eight-week run at Signature Theatre in Shirlington this weekend.
When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday
Info: $39 to $79, signature-theatre.org
R. Kelly at DAR Constitution Hall, Saturday
Popular R&B performer known for the hits "I Believe I Can Fly" and "Trapped in the Closet" heads to DAR as part of his Single Ladies Tour. With Tamia.
When: 8 p.m., Saturday
Info: $75-$100, dar.org/conthall