Weekend Round Up May 19, 2016

A scene from a recent Strut Your Mutt. | Courtesy Strut Your Mutt.

Tot Rock with the Pop Ups
MAY 20TH, 2016 AT 10:15 AM | $6 ($3 FOR CHILDREN UNDER 2, $8 FOR ADULTS) | TEL: 202-633-8700 | EVENT WEBSITE

The Smithsonian Associates present this California musical duo who mix puppets, flashy dances, huge collages, a talking banana, drawing, surprise costume changes and giant beach balls into their act. Suggested for children ages 2 to 6. Shows at 10:15 and 11:30.

Smithsonian Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW

Padua Finishing School: Weaving for Beginners
MAY 20TH, 2016 AT 05:30 PM | $45 | TEL: 202-547-1122 | EVENT WEBSITE

Participants will learn the ins-and-outs of weaving from Linny Giffin of the Lemon Bowl, including the basics of setting up the loom, beginner stitches and how to finish a weaving so that it’s ready for display.

Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW

New Ambassador Reception: Bosnia and Herzegovina
MAY 20TH, 2016 AT 07:00 PM | $50 | TEL: 301-510-8939 | EVENT WEBSITE

A country whose history was war torn throughout the late 20th century is now a symbol of peace, progress and beauty and a close friend of the United States. The embassy invites young professionals to step onto foreign soil to sample a country rich in culture and history. The event includes native food, open bar, music, film, a unique rare art display and a meet and greet with the ambassador.

Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2109 E St. NW

DC Dragon Boat Festival
MAY 21ST, 2016 AT 08:30 AM | FREE | THALIALIN1129@GMAIL.COM | TEL: 2028951852 | EVENT WEBSITE

The 2016 Dragon Boat Festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary on May 21 and 22. This two-day annual festival is open to the public and features cultural exhibitions, craft demonstrations and live performances as well as breathtaking dragon boat racing on the Potomac River. Fifty teams comprising more than 1,500 paddlers from up and down the east coast will be fiercely competing for trophies. Renowned local dance troupes and artists will perform lion-dancing, martial arts, etc.

Thompson Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Ave. NW

Strut Your Mutt Dog Parade and Festival
MAY 21ST, 2016 AT 10:00 AM | $30.00 PER DOG | TEL: 240-447-4068 | EVENT WEBSITE

The Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club in partnership with DC Actors for Animals presents the 11th annual Strut Your Mutt Dog Parade and Festival, a fundraiser for its charity foundation. The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. The dog parade will start at 10:45 a.m., followed by owner/dog contests and live music, as well as over 30 dog-related exhibitors, animal rescue groups and a kiddie area with moonbounces and games.

Downtown Bethesda at Woodmont Ave. and Bethesda Ave.

Ladies First

Gallery Neptune & Brown is pleased to host an opening reception for “Ladies First,” a group exhibition of outstanding professional women working today in various media. The exhibition will include works by Carol Barsha, Raya Bodnarchuk, Cianne Fragione, Emily Francisco, Janis Goodman, Tazuko Ichikawa, Linn Meyers and Beverly Ress. Each artist works steadily and consistently in the studio producing deeply personal, innovative and meticulous work.

1530 14th Street NW

Children’s Book Reading and Signing

Sara Pascoe reads from “Oswald, the Almost Famous Opossum,” set in D.C. and Maryland. The titular character, Oswald, is a fame-seeking opossum who must decide whether the promise of fame is more important to him than sticking by his friends. It’s a fantasy chapter book for 7-9 year olds with great educational details sprinkled in about language (Oswald is a poet) and fun facts about the different animal characters (did you know opossums have opposable thumbs on their back legs?)

Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW

Poetry and Prose Open Mic
MAY 22ND, 2016 AT 02:00 PM | FREE | TEL: 301-654-8664 | EVENT WEBSITE

Sign-up for readers at this open mic event begins at 1:30 p.m. The reading starts at 2 and will be followed by a reception.

The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, Maryland

Around the World in 20 Years
MAY 22ND, 2016 AT 04:00 PM | $25 TO $50 | TEL: 202-994-6800 | EVENT WEBSITE

At this grand finale for Children’s Chorus of Washington founder Joan Gregoryk, music from around the world, including a premiere by composer Andrea Ramsey, will be performed by the chorus’s ensembles, its alumni chorus and special guests.

Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW

Simone Dinnerstein, Piano
MAY 22ND, 2016 AT 04:00 PM | $35 TO $90 | TEL: 202-785-9727 | EVENT WEBSITE

Washington Performing Arts present the highly regarded American pianist performing Philip Glass’s “Selected Metamorphoses” and Franz Schubert’s “Selected Impromptus,” Op. 90, and “Sonata in B-flat Major,” D. 960.

Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Maryland

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