The 28 Best Things to Do in DC This Weekend and Next Week You Can Do (2023)


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Celebrate Nowruz with music and family-friendly activities, while early St Patrick's Day celebrations continue with pub crawls and a parade. DC Film Society critics gather for an Oscar viewing party and the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington debuts a Whitney Houston tribute show. Other options: Unwind with after-hours drinks at the National Gallery of Art, visit Brooklands Right Proper Brewing for a new happy hour, or listen to up-and-coming talent at the Kennedy Center's Black Girls Rock. Festival.

Thursday, March 9th

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"(S)Helden" at the National Gallery Nights

The National Gallery of Art's monthly evening program returns from winter break with a party dedicated to the heroines. Learn about women artists with pop-up presentations at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, dance to the music of female musicians in the East Building's airy atrium, peruse the Smithsonian Museum of American Women's History, create your own art , drink some cocktails and try ice cream. The free advance tickets sold out in two minutes on March 2nd, but a limited number of passes will be available at 10am. M. on the day of the event, then a smaller number will be offered on a first come, first served basis. at the door from 5:30 p.m6pm to 9pm Free; Registration required.

The museum's nightly events draw crowds with music, drinks, and, yes, art

Black girls rock! Party at the Kennedy Center


The big event during the multi-day Black Girls Rock! Fest, an annual event at the Kennedy Center that spotlights talented women of color, is a concert hall extravaganza helmed by "American Boy" singer Estelle and singer-songwriters Alice Smith and Jade Novah. But the festival is taking over spaces across the arts hub for the four-day celebration, including a Black Girls Bond kick-off party at Reach's Studio K with locals Be'la Dona and Mumu Fresh, film screenings at Foro de Justicia and performances by the R&B singer and harpist Kayla Ortiz and sister of D.C. the Amours perform on the Millennium Stage.Until Sunday. Free up to $159.


Kara Walker and Glenstone

Celebrated artist Kara Walker's silhouettes and works on paper arrive this Spring at Glenstone, the Potomac's tranquil private museum of contemporary art. Known for both her creativity and powerful portrayals of slavery and racism in America, Walker has two large-scale drawings in the Glenstone exhibition: "A Reduction" and "Sketch for an American Comic Opera With 20th Century Race." Riots." . Later in the spring, keep an eye out for his statuesque musical instrument at Glenstone, a fully-functioning steam calliope called 'The Katastwof Karavan', which was on display in the National Gallery of Art's sculpture garden last year.Free; timed tickets are required.

Friday March 10th

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25th Anniversary of "The Big Lebowski" at the AFI Silver Theatre

"Sometimes there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that's The Dude in Los Angeles." Has it really been a quarter of a century since the Coen brothers introduced Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, Walter Sobchak and Jesus Quintana to the world? The Big Lebowski, earning its place as a cult classic before finally earning a spot in the National Film Registry, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week at the American Film Institute's Silver Theater as part of the AFI Silver After Dark. . (If you're not performing on Shabbat or it's this week If you can't make it to the other performances, a larger theatrical remake is planned for April.)Friday and Saturday at 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. March 16 at 7:00 p.m. $8.

Happy Hour im Right Proper Brookland

Right Proper Brewing fans have two reasons to celebrate this week, especially if you live near the brewery's Brookland production facility. The Right Proper Tavern has been open Friday-Sunday since reopening during the pandemic, but is now open 4pm-9pm. Wednesdays and Thursdays too. The second announcement was a new happy hour that will run until 6 p.m. weekdays and 12pm-6pm on Fridays with $2 off select beers including Senate Lager, Li'l Wit and Raised By Wolves Pale Ales. For example, Raised By Wolves costs $6 instead of the usual $8. Not a bad reason to get ready early on Friday afternoon andTake a bike ride along the Metropolitan Beer Trail.12:00 to 18:00 Free.

Plug Tunin': A De La Soul Shang-a-Lang und Songbyrd

(NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for Friday, March 3rd but was postponed due to a power outage.)March 3 marked the 34th anniversary of De La Soul's groundbreaking debut 3 Feet High and Rising, which introduced the trio's sunny, surreal, sample-filled hip-hop to a wide audience via singles like "Me Myself and I." . and "The Magic Number". March 3rd was also when De La's groundbreaking back catalog, long bound to industry bureaucracy, finally hit streaming services. (It's no coincidence that it fell on 3/3, an auspicious date for a group obsessed with the number three.) This would be a celebratory time for hip-hop fans were it not for the death of founding member David Jude Jolicoeur. , also known as Trugoy the Dove, on Super Bowl Sunday. In honor of Trugoy, an all-star cast of old-school D.C. DJs including 2-Tone Jones, RBI and Roddy Rod reunite with host Grap Luva for a night of De La Soul tunes from all phases of the group race. , as well as themed drink specials and surprises.10:30pm $10-$12.

Cafecito: „Fantasias“ in der As You Are Bar

Cafecito's latest drag show at As You Are is titled "Fantasias," which Barracks Row says will bring "fairy and dragon vibes." (Costume and cosplay recommended.) Arrive early for Power Hour, which offers 60 minutes of unlimited Corona, Miller Lite, or Rail drinks before the ASL-interpreted presentation begins at 10:00 p.m. Then stay until 2am and dance to DJ Kristy La Rat. M9:00 p.m. (doors open). Free.


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Saturday March 11th

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"Creativity is Magic: Maya Lin Festival" at the National Portrait Gallery

What better time to visit the National Portrait Gallery's One Life: Maya Lin exhibition than during a festival honoring her? The museum is offering workshops and opportunities for visitors of all ages to create Lin-inspired art this Saturday afternoon in the Kogod courtyard. After learning how the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial incorporates nature into her work, you can also read her "What's Missing?" media monument.11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free.

Washington Gay Men's Chorus: "Whitney" im Lincoln Theatre

Whitney Houston is the second musical icon to be honored with a Washington Gay Men's Chorus concert this season. Featuring the 250-voice choir, a dance medley by the energetic 17th Street Dance Company, and contributions from smaller ensembles, the program explores Houston's extensive discography in search of all-time hits: "How Will I Know", "So Emotional". inevitable "I Will Always Love You" plus deeper cuts like "I Love the Lord" from The Preacher's Wife soundtrack. For those planning ahead, the choral season concludes in June with a show dedicated to Dolly Parton.Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm $20-$65.

Norooz Market am Brookland Arts Walk

Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, falls on the vernal equinox, but some groups start the celebrations early this weekend. The fifth annual Norooz Market on Brookland Arts Walk features more than 40 vendors selling Iranian pottery, jewellery, art and pastries, among other things, while the evening also includes performances by musicians such as Aida Shahghasemi and the National Symphony Orchestra's Brass Quintet.Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Free.

Black Fiddle at the Warner Theatre

Classic tones and hip-hop rhythms fuse seamlessly in the hands of Black Violin, a Grammy-nominated duo visiting Warner Theater as part of their national tour. Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus met in high school orchestra class, and now the classically trained violist and fiddler creates soulful anthems like "Impossible Is Possible" and "New Life" while also giving back to young classical musicians.20:00 $73,50-$93,50.

"Blau" im Kennedy Center

IsCoronavirusThe pandemic was the reason "Blue" was not heard when Washington National Opera was scheduled to perform at the Kennedy Center Honors in March 2020. That was shortly after composer Jeanine Tesori and librettist Tazewell Thompson wonbest new operaCredits for his searing portrayal of a black family in Harlem whose son is shot dead by his father's white cop co-worker. This spring, D.C. You finally have a chance to experience “Blau”: that its story is no less urgent than it was three years ago rivals the tragedy of the opera itself. Bassist Kenneth Kellogg, mezzo-soprano Briana Hunter and tenor Aaron Crouch will anchor a rock-solid cast in this Thompson-directed production.Until March 25th. $35-$199.


Chocolate, Wine and Whiskey Festival at the National Union Building

You'll have to wait until the warmer months for most of the area's wine and whiskey events, but in the meantime there's chocolate - and plenty of it. One ticket gets you chocolate treats like truffles, a fondue station, macaroons, cake pops, cookies, and pastries. If you prefer something stronger, try unlimited wine and whiskey tastings and alcoholic shakes. (Craft beers, ciders, and soft drinks are also available.) Tasty snacks like pretzels and artisan cheeses are available for purchase. Note: This festival is reserved for people over the age of 21.Noon to 10pm M. $79.

Pub tours in St. Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day falls on a Friday this year, but if you want to preempt the celebrations, there are two downtown pub crawls on Saturday. More than 15 bars adjacent to Dupont Circle participatecrawl the shamrock, including Madhatter, Recessions, and Abigail, where specialty drinks come with $3 Miller Lites, $4 Railroad Shots, and $4 Clover Shots (a very green drink made with crème de menthe and vanilla vodka). Attendees will receive an event-themed mug and raffle entry, and green is recommended. Registration is open until 5:30 p.m. (2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. $30 for single tickets; $25 per person for groups of four or more.)In the meantime,the lap of the goblinVisit seven bars around 18th and M NW Streets, including Decades, Zebbie's Garden and Public Bar Live, for a similar selection of $3 beers, $4 Clover shots and $5 mixed drinks as well as a DJ at each bar. (2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. $20 single tickets, $16 each group of four or more.)

Rooting DC Conference for Urban Gardeners

Gardening as an apartment dweller is impossible? Rooting DC will make you think again. This seminar series at Anacostia High School has welcomed over 1,200 participants for a day of lectures on starting seeds, growing cannabis and brewing tea over the past several years.9am to 4pm Free.

Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets

The Nationals have 13 games left in spring training and MASN has finally decided it's time for the first broadcast of the year. Granted, the Mets are bookmakers' favorites to win the NL East and have a good chance of making it to the World Series, but, uh, the Natstouched Max Scherzer for seven runslast week? Regardless, if you're interested in watching a Nationals game live, this is your first opportunity since October. should be onWalters,Duffysand the usual venues, although there will likely be competition from basketball fans.19:05


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Sunday March 12th

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Nowruz Family Day at the National Museum of Asian Art

The National Museum of Asian Art's annual Nowruz Family Day continues the theme of Nowruz in the early weekend (see Saturday) and features attractions for all ages, from storytelling and crafts, including saffron egg painting, to curator visits and exhibitions . Persian foods are available for purchase.11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.

DC Film Society 30th Annual Oscar Party at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse

For three decades, moviegoers have gathered to see Hollywood's biggest night with the DC Film Society. The red carpet arrivals and ceremony itself will be shown on the big screen at Arlington Cinema and the Drafthouse, while critics Tim Gordon and Travis Hopson discuss winners and losers during commercial breaks. There will be a Predict the Winners Oscar pool with prizes, as well as a silent auction and raffle for signed movie posters, event tickets and other items. Proceeds support the DC Film Festival.Doors at 6:30pm; Oscars air at 8 p.m. $20.

St. Patrick's Day "First Amendment March"

Washington's annual St. Patrick's Day parade remains suspended, but organizers have planned a shorter, less formal and less expensive alternative to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, which was designed to end decades of sectarian bloodshed. The march, complete with dancers and bands but no floats or floats, begins at 12:00 p.m. at the Peace Memorial on the US Capitol grounds and continues to the Holodomor Memorial at Massachusetts Avenue NW and North Capitol Street. Then there's a party with live music and Irish dancing across the street at the Irish Times. From 3:30pm M. there will be an after party with more music and dancing at the Irish Channel Pub in Chinatown to raise money for the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project.Midday. Free.

St Baldrick's Day fundraiser at Boundary Stone

One of the feel-good events of spring is the annual Boundary Stone fundraiser for the St. Baldrick Foundation, which raises money for research into childhood cancer. Regulars, faces of the bar scene and local brewery crews pledge to have their heads shaved in exchange for charitable donations at the Bloomingdale Tavern. (As of press time, a team from Port City Brewing is leading the way with more than $25,000.) The atmosphere is lively — brace yourself for donations — and there are prizes and raffles throughout the day, including a trip for two People to Ireland and opportunities for a drink for a wonderful cause.3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free.

Mary Wallopers on the Union Stage

On the 2019 EP, "A Mouthful of the Mary Wallopers", la banda Mary Wallopers pone su firma in old Irish ballads. The Irish folk band has a strong DIY spirit. The musicians made a name for themselves through live-streamed performances during lockdown, attracting fans with an energetic spirit that influences much of the band's sound. The vocals aren't clean but are soulful and the guitar playing isn't direct but chaotically good. The strings enter from time to time, sometimes in short bursts, befitting the lively musical atmosphere. The ballads that Mary Wallopers records and performs aren't new, but the band's energy gives them a fresh start. Songs like "The Turfman From Ardee," which are about meeting a weary old Turfman who doesn't want to move on, come alive and feel relevant. The band's self-titled debut album was released in 2022 and the intensity hasn't let up. Frontman Charles Hendy's enthusiastic voice trembles with emotion at the end of a verse on the anti-English song "Building Up and Tearing England Down". "They are a concrete master race, there to hold you in place / And a gangster to kick you to the ground," Hendy sings of her people serving an empire that isn't theirs.20:00 $15.

CoCo Jones im Howard Theatre

CoCo Jones is a Disney child star turned serious actress and even more serious R&B singer with a voice that's no joke. One of R&B's greatest singer-songwriters, Babyface, featured her in his 2022 project Girls Night Out, which features in every song a woman who undeniably influenced the genre. So a co-signer when you don't even have a debut album is quite an achievement. However, Jones is getting closer to a full-length album, as evidenced by his 2022 EP What I Didn't Tell You. It's a sensual project; The sultry production anchors the slow jams, but it's Jones' vocals that make it all click. The song "ICU" begins with haunting "oohs" and calm percussions. Jones longs for a lover she can't let go of. "And although we can grow, I don't know why we don't break up," she sings, the last note getting lost in emotion. You can't help but believe him.20:00 $45.


Monday March 13th

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Women's History Month Sommelier Nights at Le Diplomate

In cooperation with the Women of Wine DC, various sommeliers are on site every Monday evening to provide information about the wine list and make suggestions for suitable drinks and food. Mercedes Cowper, in-house sommelier at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, is this week's guest and shares tips on what to pair with appetizers like grilled branzino and steak au poivre.Monday through April. Tickets $21 to $72.

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Tuesday March 14th

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Pi Day celebrations

March 14th is a red-circled day on every math nerd's calendar because it's a simple jump from 3/14 to 3.14, the first three digits of pi. (In case you forgot, pi is the ratio of Circumference of a circle to its diameter Last year, Google1 trillion digits calculatedfrom pi.) Here are some ways to celebrate:cake shopis celebrating its 13th anniversary with a free show featuring Ladygod, Blkvapor and Sheila and $3.14 slices of sweet cake from 4pm to 7pm.TO UPDATE:from Instagram, the first customer to say the first 25 digits of Pi ("no cheating") will receive a $100 gift certificate. (20:00 Free.) The next installment of"Bake and Drink" by Mess Hallfeatures Jenna's founder, Jenna Huntsberger, who teaches classes on how to make "delicious, Instagrammable cakes" from scratch, from making and rolling the dough to baking and filling the crust. Tickets include a cake to go and a cocolita dinner. (18:00 $95-$105.) If that sounds like too much work, think about itNicoletta's Pi-Day-Pizza Coursenear Union Market. Learn how to make an Italian-style pizza from Chef Mohamed Wahiba, and after the cake is assembled, the staff prepares it while you sip a glass or two of wine and wait for dinner to be ready. (6pm to 8pm $65.) The easiest way: Walk everywherePizzeria Paradise, order a beer or a homemade cider and take it away$3.14 off a large pizza.

"She Comes First" at the Miracle Theatre

In honor of Women's History Month, the nonprofit Story District hosts its annual She Comes First presentation featuring first-person storytellers. This year's stories include Alexandra Khouri's witnessing a car accident, Whitney Ellenby's romantic trip to New Orleans and Jasmine Jones' reminiscence of her grandmother's battle with breast cancer.7:30pm to 9:30pm $25.

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"Jagged Little Pill" at the National Theater

Who would have thought in 1995 that "You Oughta Know" and other Alanis Morissette alternative rock classics like "Ironic" would one day hit Broadway? Tailored for Morissette superfans, this jukebox musical premiered in New York in 2019 and is now touring the country, including a stop at D.C.'s National Theater. "Juno" author Diablo Cody has written a story about the inner turmoil of a seemingly perfect suburban family to accompany songs from the idol's groundbreaking album, Gen X, and a wider catalogue, including new tunes only for the self-penned musical Morissette.Until March 26th. $60-$130.


Afternoon at the Indonesian embassy

Travel to Indonesia without boarding a plane for an evening of Javanese cultural celebrations. There is an open bar, film screening and Indonesian buffet while Indonesian dancers in traditional costumes entertain and perform the Jaipongan dance Jugala.7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $69.

Wednesday March 15th

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Aoife O'Donovan and el Birchmere

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A Grammy Award-winning folk artist, Aofie O'Donovan has been a member of several groups including bluegrass quintet Crooked Still and noir folk band Sometimes Why. Most recently, he formed the trio I'm With Her with Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. O'Donovan moves seamlessly through these groups and genres and subgenres with transcendent voices. Your voice can reach an almost buckled state while keeping that crystalline tone intact. But it's when O'Donovan turns inward, when her voice seems to seep deep from her, that it sounds more powerful. His latest solo album Age of Apathy, released in 2022, is full of such moments. "Town of Mercy" begins with just a piano and O'Donovan's vocals. She combines a winter scene with the peace that mercy brings. "Snowflies, it's confetti, the end of a parade / Leaves an empty knee-deep silence in farce." O'Donovan's voice is subtle and soft, like fluffy snowflakes floating on snow. She will cover Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska at Birchmere, a potentially better value than Springsteen's stadium tour later this month.19:30 o'clock. $39.50.


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