The 48th annual St. Patrick’s Parade of Washington, D.C., is this Sunday. Get your Gaelic on the night before at a concert by the Irish Tenors at the National. Meanwhile, Georgetown will fondly remember two men: Pierre L’Enfant at Dumbarton House and Henry Foxall at the library. And the Health & Fitness Expo will give the convention center a workout, with Fran Drescher on hand Saturday morning. For more March events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
NGA Evening at the Edge
This free after-hours program on Thursday, March 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, celebrates “Outliers and American Vanguard Art,” an exhibition of more than 250 works, many by self-taught artists. The event will include performances by artist Lonnie Holley, hands-on art-making and pop-up talks, with light fare and drinks available for purchase. To register (required), visit eventbrite.com.
Millennium Stage: So Percussion
Famed percussion quartet So Percussion plays works by John Cage (“Living Room Music” and “Credo in U.S.”), Caroline Shaw and Vietnamese American composer Viet Cuong on Friday, March 9, at 6 p.m. as part of the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage series. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 800-444-1324.
Dumbarton House Welcomes Pierre
On Friday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m., Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW, in partnership with Friends of Pierre, will commemorate Major Pierre “Peter” Charles L’Enfant’s arrival in Georgetown in 1791 to design the newly established federal city. Refreshments will be provided by Paris Caterers. Tickets are $30. For details, visit dumbartonhouse.org or call 202-337-2288.
‘La nuit de la poésie’
The Alliance Française of Washington, D.C., 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW, and the Embassy of Canada have organized an evening celebrating the poetry of le monde francophone on Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m. Area residents are invited to hear poems from around the French-speaking world read in the original language, discuss their meanings and share poetry of their own. The event is free, with RSVP required. For details, visit francedc.org or call 202-234-7911.
Opening Reception: Prints by EJ Montgomery
Also on Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m., DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW, hosts a free opening reception for “Letters to Mom,” a selected timeline of monotypes, etchings and screenprints by Evangeline “EJ” Montgomery. Drawing on her practice of metalsmithing, textile design, photography and painting, Montgomery’s prints evoke themes of memory through use of evocative automatic writing, calligraphic marks and strokes of swirling lines. For details, visit dcartscenter.org or call 202-462-7833.
Henry Foxall Book Talk
On Saturday, March 10, at 1 p.m., Jane Donovan will give a free talk about her book, “Henry Foxall: Methodist, Industrialist, American,” a tale of one’s man impact on both a church and state in a country that enshrines their separation, in the Georgetown Library’s Peabody Room, 3260 R St. NW. For details, visit the Peabody Room’s Facebook page or call 202-727-0233.
The Irish Tenors
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, presents renowned trio the Irish Tenors — Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan — on Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m. to kick off D.C.’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities a week early. The concert will feature a full orchestra. Tickets are $50 to $90. For details, visit thenationaldc.org or call 800-447-7400.
NBC4 Telemundo 44 Health & Fitness Expo
On Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, the 2018 NBC4 Telemundo 44 Health & Fitness Expo marks its 25th anniversary. Hours at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The expo will include free health screenings, workout presentations, healthy cooking and kids’ stages, a healthy book festival, a yoga stage and a Changing Minds Pavilion focusing on mental health and behavioral wellness. Actress Fran Drescher will be on the main stage on Saturday at 11 a.m. Admission is free. For details, visit nbcwashington.com.
The American Songbook
Cornetist David Jellema and his quintet will join the Capitol Hill Chorale at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St. SE, for a rousing program of standards on Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 11, at 4 p.m. Featured songs will include “In a Mist” by Bix Beiderbecke (whose birthday is March 10), “Dream a Little Dream of Me” and “Stardust.” Tickets are $25 ($15 for age 30 and under, free for kids age 12 and under with paying adult). For details, visit capitolhillchorale.org.
D.C. St. Patrick’s Parade
Washington’s 48th annual St. Patrick’s Parade will step off at noon on Sunday, March 11, on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street NW. The parade has grown from what was little more than a leisurely stroll by a few hundred participants on Massachusetts Avenue to a mile-long, two-hour celebration of Irish culture. For details, visit dcstpatsparade.com.