From early November through March, the Pavilion floor is transformed into a gleaming ice-skating rink. Ice skates and other supplies are available inside the Information Center at the Skate Shop, beside the Pavilion. Adults $10. Reston Town Center: 11900 Market St. Reston, VA; www.restontowncenter.com
From mid-November to March, the Washington Harbour Ice Rink transforms into a picturesque fountain, and is open for recreational skating every day, including all holidays. Adult admission $10, children $9, skate rentals $6. Various dates and times. The Washington Harbour: 3000 and 3050 K St. NW, DC; www.thewashingtonharbour.com
Experience skating in the Sculpture Garden while surrounded by largescale sculptures by contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, Tony Smith and others. Various hours of operation. Adults $9 and skate rentals $4. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden: 9th Street and Constitution Avenue in NW, DC; www.nga.gov
Coming from humble beginnings, an orange seller eventually finds her way to the stage where she immediately becomes a household name. Upon Nell Gwynn’s successes, she manages to make a fan out of King Charles II. Eventually, the royal leader of England brings Gwynn to court as a favorite mistress. From there, the story about this amazing woman takes off. Various dates and times. Tickets $42-$79.
Adams Morgan is the best place to go on a date in DC — whether you’re a mom and daughter out for ice cream, a first date, or a married couple celebrating a double-digit anniversary. For eight weeks in February and March, local restaurants and shops are providing discounts and fun packages for every relationship: a date for every love.
Enter to win three amazing “date packages,” including:
- The Anniversary Package, including a night at the LINE DC Hotel, drinks during live music at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe, and a dinner at Roofer’s Union.
- Girls’ Day Out Package: Start with the epic drag brunch at Perry’s Restaurant, then some lingerie shopping (with discounts!) at Le Bustiere Boutique, and a glass of bubbly at Jug & Table.
- Popping the question? An elegant dinner at the renowned Mintwood Place, an affogato at Pitango Gelato, and a night at the LINE DC Hotel.
More giveaways will be announced throughout the 8-week period. Visit www.admodatenights.com to enter the drawing; and receive a discount code to access specials and promotions at dozens of date lineups. Nearly two dozen date packages present the best eats, treats, sweets and activities in Adams Morgan for relationships at every stage — for the first date, the whiskey drinker, the oenophile, the comedy lover, or a full family affair with a stop for cookie dough after a fun-filled afternoon.
Spurred by a scare, Octavia decides it’s time to forget about any troubles or trepidations and have a raucous night on the town with friends. Joined by companions June and Imani, the three depart into the city for an epic night. But the evening becomes more than a hardcore party session, as the trio encounter strange characters, outrageous events and endure a true test of their friendship. Poet and playwright Aziza Barnes wrote this play, which celebrates queerness and sisterhood as the friends wrestle with universal factors such as truth, love and the struggle of adulthood. Various dates and times. Tickets $20-$51.
Power as an addiction is not only a trope in real life, but a common theme for villains in a number of stories – and perhaps the most famous is the power-hungry king from Shakespeare’s Richard III. Fueled by a bottomless well of ambition, the ruthless and cunning man continues to reach for more, more and more in his quest for power. By the play’s end, no one in the audience will be rooting for his lust. This is the study of what makes a villain, and few put on better performances than Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC). Various dates and times. Tickets $44-$102.
A new play by Irma Correa, El Viejo, El Joven y El Mar tells the story of a renowned Spanish philosopher who runs into a fisherman, general and journalist. He speaks with each of them about their different beliefs regarding freedom, reason and faith; all the while, the old man is planning his escape from the Spanish island of Fuerteventura. Though the play is based on historical events, the subtext is heavily rooted in today’s society. The play is in Spanish with English subtitles. Various dates and times. Tickets $48.
The second annual Architecture & Design Film Festival returns to the National Building Museum. ADFF DC is the nation’s largest film festival devoted to architecture and design and will feature two festival lounges showing films from the 2018 AIA Film Challenge.
The festival will run from Thursday, February 21, 2019 through Sunday, February 24, 2019 and Frank Gehry’s Building Justice will be making its DC premiere. The film explores and challenges design and its connection to issues of social justice, diversity, technology, and equity, through the life and work of practitioners.
The National Building Museum will host screenings in three separate theaters, including one in the Museum’s iconic Great Hall. A detailed press release can be found here with listings of the various films being presented.
Full schedules and ticketing information is forthcoming and will be detailed at go.nbm.org/ADFF. Feature film highlights of ADFF D.C. include:
Frank Gehry: Building Justice
Director: Ultan Guilfoyle
2018 / 70 min / USA
Frank Gehry: Building Justice follows architect Frank Gehry’s investigation into prison design in the United States. Gehry, at the invitation of George Soros and his Open Society Foundation, forms two “master studios” of the top architecture students in the country, from SCI-Arc in Los Angeles and the Yale School of Architecture. In collaboration with Susan Burton of the New Way of Life Reentry Project in Compton, California, Gehry and his students explore all aspects of prison design, witnessing how design flaws negatively affect those incarcerated.
Directors: Basia and Leonard Myszynski
2018 / 59 min / USA
This is the story of Leslie Robertson, the lead structural engineer of the World Trade Center. Robertson oversaw the construction of the tallest building on the planet—and is haunted by its collapse and the events of September 11, 2001.
Driven by Robertson’s pacifism and activism, as well as a powerful collaboration with engineer SawTeen See, LEANING OUTshowcases the innovation of the Twin Towers and takes a deeper look into the buildings that symbolize so much.
Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light
Director: Carlos Saura
2018 / 65 min / Spain
Celebrated Spanish director Carlos Saura captures the genius of one of the most famous Italian architects in the world: Renzo Piano, whose designs include the Center Pompidou in Paris, Francem the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Italy and The New York Times Building in New York City, New York. Saura follows Piano during the design of the Botín Center in Santander, Spain, examining his creative process.
Director: Premjit Ramachandran
2009 / 74 min / India
In a career spanning almost 70 years, the work of architect Balkrishna Doshi, who received the Pritzker Prize in 2018, has mirrored the evolution of contemporary Indian architecture. Doshi’s first job under the French architect Le Corbusier (who designed the Indian city Chandigarh) had a profound impact on him but he has often sought to interpret Corbusier’s modernism through local conditions of site, climate, and available technology.
Barbara Stauffacher Solomon: Visions Not Previously Seen
Director: Christian Bruno, Kurt Keppeler, and Natalija Vekic
2018 / 15 min / USA
Sony Home Theater
This short documentary portrait highlights Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, a groundbreaking designer who fused Swiss modernism with an iconic and bold California pop aesthetic to create the design phenomena known as Supergraphics.
Don’t miss the largest barleywine festival in the Mid-Atlantic. Mad Fox will showcase more than 30 barleywines from around the region and across the county, with multiple sessions on Saturday and a single session on Sunday. 11 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. Free to attend. Mad Fox Brewing Company: 444 W. Broad St. Falls Church, VA; www.madfoxbrewing.com