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AS TEM­PER­A­TURES COOL, THE CITY’S CUL­TURAL CAL­EN­DAR HEATS UP. CHECK OUT OUR PICKS FOR FALL’S MUST-SEES.

Capitol File - - CONTENTS - BY RACHEL COTHRAN

As tem­per­a­tures cool, the city’s cul­tural cal­en­dar heats up. Check out our picks for fall’s must-sees.

“XYZT: AB­STRACT LAND­SCAPES” AT ARTECHOUSE

This new tech-fo­cused art space has ex­ploded onto the scene and is cur­rently pre­sent­ing “XYZT,” an ex­pe­ri­en­tial ex­hi­bi­tion by French artists Adrien Mon­dot and Claire Bar­dainne. Vis­i­tors move among 10 dig­i­tal land­scapes that shape-shift in re­sponse to phys­i­cal in­ter­ac­tion. “The most re­ward­ing thing has been see­ing 99.9 per­cent of the

at­ten­dees leav­ing with an art ex­pe­ri­ence they’ve never had be­fore,” says Artechouse man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tati. Get ready for your selfie, as the In­sta­gram-wor­thy op­por­tu­ni­ties are end­less. Through Septem­ber 3, 1238 Mary­land Ave. SW; artechouse.com

202CREATES

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s month­long ini­tia­tive to sup­port and cel­e­brate DC’s cre­ative com­mu­nity is back this Septem­ber with even more ex­cit­ing pro­gram­ming. “The District is a vi­brant and di­verse city that has cre­ativ­ity and in­clu­sive in­no­va­tion at its core,” says Angie Gates, di­rec­tor of the Of­fice of Ca­ble Tele­vi­sion, Film, Mu­sic, and En­ter­tain­ment, which helps bring the mayor’s vi­sion to life. Gates is also proud to say that, go­ing for­ward, some events will be held an­nu­ally: the La­bor Day Week­end Mu­sic Fes­ti­val,

the 202 Arts & Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, and cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing the se­ries’ open­ing and clos­ing. Septem­ber 1–30, var­i­ous venues; 202creates.com

KATY PERRY’S WIT­NESS TOUR

On Septem­ber 25, Katy Perry’s Wit­ness tour roars into town for a one-nightonly per­for­mance at the Ver­i­zon Cen­ter. Sure to re­flect the pop star’s re­cent trans­for­ma­tions in both her em­pow­er­ing per­sonal style and her woke lyrics, this evening of guar­an­teed fun (Left Shark, please!?) will cer­tainly be one to, well, wit­ness. Septem­ber 25, 601 F St. NW, 202-628-3200; katype­rry.com

“AI WEIWEI: TRACE AT HIRSHHORN”

On the heels of its smash­hit show “Yayoi Kusama: In­fin­ity Mir­rors,” the Hirshhorn Mu­seum and Sculp­ture Gar­den has opened “Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn,” an ex­hi­bi­tion of 170-plus por­traits of free speech and hu­man rights ac­tivists. Cre­ated us­ing 1.2 mil­lion Lego bricks, the in­stal­la­tion marks a tri­umphant DC re­turn for works by this artist, who, af­ter speak­ing crit­i­cally of the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment, was barred from leav­ing China to at­tend the open­ing of his first ma­jor US ret­ro­spec­tive, mounted at the Hirshhorn in 2012. Through Jan­uary 1, In­de­pen­dence Av­enue and Sev­enth Street SW, 202633-1000; hirshhorn.si.edu

H STREET FES­TI­VAL

Septem­ber brings the re­turn of this beloved cel­e­bra­tion, among the most pop­u­lar of the city’s many vi­brant fes­ti­vals. Rev­el­ers can ex­pect mu­sic, fash­ion, poetry, dance, chil­dren’s pro­gram­ming, and par­tic­i­pa­tory art sta­tions along the 10-block route—plus plenty of the un­ex­pected. Septem­ber 16, H Street NE, from Fourth to 14th Streets; hstreet­fes­ti­val.org

IN THE HEIGHTS AT OLNEY THEATRE CEN­TER

Be­fore there was

Hamil­ton, there was In the Heights. Lin-Manuel Mi­randa’s first Broad­way mu­si­cal tells the story of im­mi­grants in New York City nav­i­gat­ing the com­plex­i­ties of iden­tity, fam­ily, love, and the Amer­i­can dream. A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Olney and the Round House

Theatre, the pro­duc­tion stars orig­i­nal cast mem­ber and two-time Tony Award nom­i­nee Robin de Jesús. Septem­ber 6 to Oc­to­ber 8, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-9243400; ol­neythe­atre.org

CLOCK­WISE FROM FAR LEFT: ''XYZT: Ab­stract Land­scapes" at Artechouse; Field of Vec­tors, part of "XYZT" at Artechouse; DC artist Kelly Towles paint­ing a mu­ral at SXSW in Austin for 202Creates; Katy Perry at the Glas­ton­bury Fes­ti­val in june: Mal­colm X...

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