Weekend Round Up March 15, 2018

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A still from "Mind of a Giant," to be screened at the National Zoo on Sunday as part of the Environmental Film Festival. Courtesy Off the Fence.

D.C.’s St. Patrick’s parade was last Sunday, but you can carry on toasting Irish culture at the Dupont Underground and at Shamrock Fest at RFK Stadium (on Sunday, Martin’s Tavern will feature a “Recovery Brunch”). The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital rolls in tonight, with screenings through March 25. On Friday, the Kennedy Center will present the 1982 film “Koyaanisqatsi” (Hopi for “Life Out of Balance”), directed by Godfrey Reggio, with Philip Glass’s score performed live. For more March events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.

Ireland Today Artist Talk

On Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m., the Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW, hosts a conversation with artist Jonah King, the Corcoran’s Andy Johnson and Jackie Hoysted, curator of “Sights and Sounds of Ireland Today” (in Gaelic: “Radhairc agus Glórtha na héireann Faoi Láthair”), an exhibition of contemporary Irish video art. The first 150 guests will receive a compilation of emerging Irish music. Tickets are $10. More Irish programming follows on Saturday and Sunday. For details, visit dupontunderground.org or call 919-265-8925.

Environmental Film Festival: ‘Chasing the Thunder’

In this documentary feature, to be screened on Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, two marine conservation captains from Sea Shepherd go on a hundred-day chase of the Thunder, an illegal poacher and pirate fishing vessel. Tickets to the screening and Q&A, at the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW, are $10. For details, visit dceff.org or call 202-342-2564.

‘Koyaanisqatsi’ at the Kennedy Center

Also on Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m., the Philip Glass Ensemble makes its Kennedy Center debut, performing Glass’s score at the D.C. premiere screening of “Koyaanisqatsi,” the composer’s classic collaboration with experimental filmmaker Godfrey Reggio, a prescient mediation on the imbalance between humans and our environment. Tickets are $20 to $65. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.

Puerto Rico Benefit at GALA

As a benefit for Puerto Rico, GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, will restage an updated version of Ángel Vázquez’s comedy “Hecho en Puelto Rico” [sic] on Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m. and also present his new piece about domestic violence, “Macho Menos,” on Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m. The shows will be performed in Spanish only. Tickets to each show are $30. For details, visit galatheatre.org or call 202-234-7174.

ShamrockFest at RFK

Red Frog Events presents ShamrockFest 2018 on Saturday, March 17, from noon to 8 p.m. at RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, 2400 E Capitol St. SE. The lineup of bands on multiple stages includes Sum 41, Shaggy and Less Than Jake. There will also be beer, games, bagpipers and an Irish Village of vendors. Tickets are $34.99 (VIP $89.99). For details, visit shamrockfest.com.

Abraham Lincoln Symposium at Ford’s

The Abraham Lincoln Institute and Ford’s Theatre Society present a free symposium at Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, on the life, career and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln. One of this year’s speakers will be Anna Gibson Holloway of Search, Inc., an underwater archaeology firm, who will talk about the Union Navy steamship the Monitor. For details, visit fords.org or call 202-347-4833.

Protectors of the Wild at Nat Geo

At this event, on Saturday, March 17, at 11 a.m. at National Geographic, 1145 17th St. NW, attendees can watch the film “Mission Critical: Orangutans,” play Kahoot! and meet National Geographic Explorers Topher White and Juliana Machado Ferreira. White and Ferreira are using cell phones to stop illegal activity in the rain forest and working to save the world one stolen bird at a time. Tickets are $15 ($10 for ages 7 to 12). For details, visit nationalgeographic.org or call 202-857-7000.

Dance Salon at Portrait Gallery

In connection with “Portraits of the World: Switzerland,” an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW, Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company will perform four Michio Ito works at the gallery on Saturday, March 17, at 2 and 4 p.m. Admission is free. For details, visit npg.si.edu or call 202-633-8300.

Opera Brunch Talk

Robert Baker, chair of the music department at George Washington University, will speak at a brunch organized by the Guild for Washington Concert Opera on Sunday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at the Army and Navy Club, 901 17th St. NW. Baker will share stories from his singing career and his thoughts on opera and classical music. A Q&A will follow. Tickets are $55. For tickets, contact Johanna Thompson at jwth36@gmail.com or 301-871-3012.

Environmental Film Festival: ‘Mind of a Giant’

At this screening at the Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, attendees will hear about revolutionary new research indicating that African elephants have self-awareness and can cooperate, pass on information and adapt to solve problems in previously unknown ways. The screening, on Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m., is free with RSVP. For details, visit dceff.org or call 202-342-2564.

Midnight at the Masquerade

Also on Sunday, March 18, at 5 p.m., the Experts in Mystery Entertainment will perform an interactive, comedic murder-mystery dinner show at Rosa Mexicano National Harbor, 153 Waterfront St. in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Tickets are $90. For details, visit grimprov.com.

Dénes Várjon at Dumbarton Oaks

Pianist Dénes will perform works by Beethoven, Bartók, Ravel and Chopin at Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW, on Sunday, March 18, at 7 p.m. and Monday, March 19, at 8 p.m. Várjon was a first-prize winner at the Piano Competition of Hungarian Radio, the Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition in Budapest and the Géza Anda Competition in Zurich. Tickets are $54. For details, visit doaks.org or call 202-339-6436.

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