Will we see you at the Saturday morning unveiling of the statue of “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry? Dorrance Dance is at Strathmore on Friday and Bowen McCauley Dance is at the Kennedy Center on Friday and Saturday. The Atlas Intersections Festival continues with (among other shows) Orson Welles-style magic and an adaptation of early feminist story “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Also this weekend: a showcase of Oscar-nominated short films at the National Archives. For more March events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Opening Reception at Gallery Underground
Gallery Underground in Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Drive in Arlington, Virginia, hosts a free opening reception for “Wind and Sky,” a members’ group show, plus works by ceramic artist Joanne Barrera, on Friday, March 2, at 5 p.m. Inspired by her travels and life abroad as a foreign-service spouse, Barrera explores the technical possibilities for decorative surface treatments using underglazes, sgraffito, slip trailing and texturizing techniques. For details, visit galleryunderground.org or call 571-483-0652.
Intersections: ‘Orson the Magnificent’
On Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m., the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE, presents actor and magician Lars Klores in “Orson the Magnificent,” part of the Atlas Intersections Festival. Klores takes inspiration from “The Magic Show,” a TV special that cinema legend Orson Welles worked on towards the end of his life. Klores plays the part of Welles, spinning tales of the great magicians while performing astounding feats of mind-reading and illusion. The show is most suitable for children age 13 and older. Tickets are $25. For details, visit atlasarts.org or call 202-399-7993.
Dorrance Dance at Strathmore
Also on Friday, March 2, at 8 p.m., MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance and her New York-based company of virtuosic tap-dance artists and musicians will return to Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland, to perform “ETM: Double Down.” Mixing Afro-Brazilian music mixed with indie pop, this eclectic show is the product of Dorrance’s collaboration with “Stomp” cast member Nicholas Van Young, incorporating Young’s electronic tap-dance instruments. Tickets are $35 to $80. For details, visit strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.
‘Une Soirée de Danse’
On Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center, Bowen McCauley Dance presents “UnRavel,” a musical quartet set to Maurice Ravel’s “Le Tambeau de Couperin,” choreographed by the late Eric Hampton and restaged by Alison Crosby, Harriet Williams and Lucy Bowen McCauley. The evening’s world premiere, choreographed by McCauley, is a group dance set to solo piano music by Franz Liszt played live by Nikola Paskalov. McCauley’s “Le Café Carambole” will close the program on a comedic high note, also with live music. Tickets are $40 (Friday) and $50 (Saturday). For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Marion Barry Statue Unveiling
On Saturday, March 3, at 11 a.m., Mayor Bowser, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Marion Barry Jr. Legacy Foundation President Cora Masters Barry — Marion Barry’s fourth wife and former first lady of the District of Columbia — and other officials and dignitaries will unveil a statue of the four-term D.C. mayor outside the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The eight-foot tall bronze statue was designed by artist Steven Weitzman. Barry, who also served 16 years on the District Council, died in November of 2014.
Intersections: ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’
Angelina Hoidra’s one-act adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” will be presented on Saturday, March 3, at 4 p.m., at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE, as part of the Atlas Intersections Festival. Best suited for children age 13 and older, the show tells the story of a woman confined by her husband as a treatment for her supposed hysteria. The production includes lyrical and increasingly abstract dances that convey the passage of time and the woman’s evolution. Tickets are $20. For details, visit atlasarts.org or call 202-399-7993.
Meet the Makers at Union Kitchen
On Saturday, March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., Union Kitchen Ivy City, 1369 New York Ave. NE, hosts a Meet the Makers open house. Some of the featured members: Dorjee Momo, Snacklins, Swapples, Cosmic Juice, Eat Pizza, Sip City, Sasya, the Fancy Schmancy Co., Berg Bites and Caribe. Tickets, including samples of food and beverages, are $19.99 in advance and $29.99 at the door. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
KC Jazz Club: Mingus Big Band
Also on Saturday, March 3, at 7 and 9 p.m., the Kennedy Center presents the Mingus Big Band, under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus, widow of Charles Mingus. The ensemble celebrates the music of the late composer, bassist and bandleader, who merged gospel and blues to create a soulful feel of hard bop. Tickets are $45. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Showcase of Oscar-Nominated Shorts
The National Archives, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets NW, hosts the 14th annual free screenings of the Academy Award short-film nominees in three categories. (There are also screenings of documentary features this weekend.) Screenings are Saturday, March 3, at noon (live action) and 3:30 p.m. (animated) and Sunday, March 4, at 11 a.m. (documentary short subject). For details and to RSVP (required), visit archivesfoundation.org or call 202-357-5000.
Cathedral Choral Society: ‘Solitude and Joy’
On Sunday, March 4, at 4 p.m. at Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Donald Nally will guest-conduct a Cathedral Choral Society program of hymns, chants and anthems that provoke awe in the brilliance of the stars and earth. Organist Scott Dettra and cellist Thomas Mesa will be featured. Tickets are $25 to $80 ($15 for students). For details, visit cathedralchoralsociety.org or call 202-537-2228.