Weekend Round Up March 22, 2018

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"Layla and Majnun," performed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Silk Road Ensemble. Courtesy Kennedy Center.

The March for Our Lives, calling for an end to school shootings, will set off along Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd Street to 12th Street NW at noon on Saturday. Making room, the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s opening ceremony moved to Sunday. There are more cherry blossom doings this weekend, plus the tail end of the Environmental Film Festival and two cultural spectacles at the Kennedy Center. For more March and April events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.

Mark Morris and Silk Road at the Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center presents the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Silk Road Ensemble in “Layla and Majnun,” based on an ancient Persian tale. When a young man’s zealous feelings for his childhood love Layla earn him the nickname Majnun, or “possessed,” his perceived madness turns their would-be union into scandal, misfortune and eternal longing. Performances are Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 24, at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29 to $99. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.

Gianandrea Noseda Conducts Verdi’s Requiem

The National Symphony Orchestra, under Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Washington Chorus and soloists Leah Crocetto, Russell Thomas, Eric Owens and Veronica Simeoni. Performances are Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m.; and Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $89. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.

‘Love in the Time of Coloring’

On Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m., singer, storyteller and early adopter Heather Frank makes her solo cabaret debut at Logan Fringe Art Space, 1358 Florida Ave. NE, in a new work that explores romance and desire in the age of smart phones, fidget spinners, microaggressions and coloring books for grownups. Tickets are $20. For details, visit capitalfringe.org or call 866-811-4111.

NGA American Art Symposium

The John Wilmerding Symposium on American Art will take place Friday, March 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Speakers will include University of Maryland Distinguished University Professor of Art Emeritus David C. Driskell on Archibald Motley Jr., University of Birmingham lecturer John Fagg on George Bellows, MIT Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning Anne Whiston Spirn on Dorothea Lange and NGA curator Molly Donovan in conversation with artists Janine Antoni, Byron Kim and Glenn Ligon. Admission is free. For details, visit nga.gov or call 202-737-4215.

Curator’s Tour at Library of Congress

In honor of Women’s History Month, curator Martha Kennedy will give a free tour of the exhibition “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists” on Friday, March 23, at 11 a.m. at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. For details, visit loc.gov or call 202-707-5000.

Closing Celebration: Francophonie Festival

Also on Friday, March 23, from 7 to 11 p.m., the closing celebration of the 2018 D.C. Francophonie Cultural Festival, known as La Grande Fête, will be held at the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Attendees will sample food and drink from more than 30 embassies as they explore each nation’s unique attractions and traditions. DJ Princess Slaya will spin music from throughout the French-speaking world. Tickets (advance purchase required) are $40. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Japanese Garden Design at Green Spring Gardens

On Saturday, March 24, at 9:30 a.m., as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, horticulturalist Bevan Shimizu will teach participants the essentials of creating a Japanese-style garden at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria, Virginia. Tickets are $22. For details, visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org or call 703-642-5173.

Environmental Film Festival: VR Shorts

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital presents a free screening of two virtual-reality shorts — “Chasing Coral: The VR Experience,” about the Great Barrier Reef, and “The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes,” a day in the life of a Garamba National Park ranger — on Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m. at the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW. For details, visit dceff.org or call 202-342-2564.

Wikipedia Editing Workshop: Influential Women

Also on Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in honor of Women’s History Month, the Daughters of the American Revolution and Wikimedia DC host a free Wikipedia editing workshop at D.A.R. Memorial Hall, 1776 D St. NW, focusing on influential women in American history. New editors are welcome. Training and lunch will be provided. Participants should bring a laptop and a photo ID. Advance registration is required. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony

There is a new date for the opening ceremony of the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival: Sunday, March 25. The event, at 1 p.m. at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW, will include both traditional and contemporary performances celebrating Japanese culture. Advance registration (required) is $5. Premium seating is available with a $15 donation. For details, visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

Environmental Film Festival: ‘Mountain’

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, Maryland, hosts a screening of “Mountain” as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital on Sunday, March 25, at 4:30 p.m. A unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom, the film explores our obsession with mountains. “Mountain” unfolds the spellbinding force of high places and demonstrates their ongoing power to shape our lives and dreams. Tickets are $13. For details, visit dceff.org or call 202-342-2564.

K.D. Lang: Ingénue Redux

Also on Sunday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m., K.D. Lang brings a performance of her breakthrough album “Ingénue” to Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland, marking the 25th anniversary of the collection of languorous songs that launched her to fame. Tickets are $48 to $98. For details, visit strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

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