Weekend Round Up April 12, 2018
This Saturday, the Cherry Blossom Parade steps off at 10 a.m. from the intersection of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW. A couple hours later and eight blocks away, March for Science participants will be rallying on the National Mall. Also on Saturday will be this year’s Emancipation Day celebration and a performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus small ensembles at Wolf Trap. Today through Sunday: the Washington Ballet’s “Mixed Masters” program in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater and — next door in the Concert Hall and at several offsite locations — the second half of the Shift Festival of American Orchestras. For more April events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
The Washington Ballet: ‘Mixed Masters’
The Washington Ballet’s “Mixed Masters” program with the Washington Ballet Orchestra features George Balanchine’s “Serenade,” set to music by Tchaikovsky; Frederick Ashton’s “Symphonic Variations,” set to Franck’s variations for piano and orchestra; and Jerome Robbins’s comic gem “The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody),” set to piano pieces by Chopin. Performances are Thursday, April 12, and Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $140. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Shift: Indianapolis Symphony
On Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m., at the Kennedy Center, Krzysztof Urbański will conduct the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in a program of works by Polish composers — Witold Lutoslawski’s “Concerto for Cello and Orchestra,” with soloist Alisa Weilerstein, and Krzysztof Penderecki’s “Credo,” with vocal soloists and the Indianapolis Symphonic and Children’s Choirs — as part of Shift: A Festival of American Orchestras. Co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and the Kennedy Center in cooperation with the League of American Orchestras, Shift continues through Sunday, April 15. Tickets are $25. There are also free offsite events at Blind Whino and the Hamilton (Thursday); Brookland Busboys & Poets, the Anacostia Community Museum and the Line Hotel (Saturday); and the National Zoo (Sunday). For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Baguette Tasting at Alliance Française
On Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m., the Alliance Française of Washington, D.C., 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW, will feature Maison Kayser, the new Parisian bakery in town, at “In Bread We Crust!” Participants will discover everything they always wanted to know about “la baguette.” A glass of bubbles will conclude the tasting. Tickets are $20. For details, visit francedc.org or call 202-234-7911.
National Cherry Blossom Festival: Newseum Nights
Also on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m., Newseum Nights: In Bloom, hosted by the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, will immerse guests in an evening of Japanese sights, sounds and tastes. In addition, there will be gallery talks about the exhibition “Pictures of the Year: 75 years of the World’s Best Photography.” Tickets are $60. For details, visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
On Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m., UrbanArias presents “Florida” at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Based on true events, this darkly comic, jazz-inflected opera about a teenage girl falsely accused of matricide follows its hero, Florida Fandango, through a maze of gossip, desire, justice and lipstick. Tickets are $42 (39 for seniors and students). For details, visit urbanarias.org or call 202-399-7993.
Cherry Blossom Parade
Carla Hall of ABC’s “The Chew” is grand marshall of this year’s Cherry Blossom Parade, Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. Giant helium balloons including Peppa Pig, Smurfette and Magic School Bus will float down Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Street NW. Among the performers will be hip-hop group Arrested Development, country singer Ty Herndon and “The Voice” contestants Billy Gilman and Sarah Potenza. This year, for the first time, the Haribo bear will pass out 48,000 bags of gummi treats and dance alongside the Xpogo extreme pogo stunt team. Admission is free; grandstand seating is $20. For details, visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
March for Science
Also on Saturday, April 14, the March for Science will take place on the National Mall, from 15th to 17th Streets NW between Constitution and Independence Avenues. The Teach-in and Expo tents will open at 8 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., there will be a rally with musical performances and speakers including Vinton Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist at Google; Marga Gual Soler, senior project director at the Center for Science Diplomacy; Heather Tallis, lead scientist at the Nature Conservancy; and science communicator Crystal Dilworth. The march will start at 3 p.m. For details, visit marchforscience.com.
Emancipation Day Celebration
Emancipation Day commemorates the Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862, which ended slavery in Washington, D.C., freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. This year’s events, on Saturday, April 14, include a 2 p.m. parade on Pennsylvania Avenue from 10th to 14th Street NW and a free concert at 3 p.m. featuring Brandy, Angie Stone, Big Daddy Kane and other performers at Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue at 14th Street NW, followed by fireworks. For details, visit emancipation.dc.gov.
Opening Reception: ‘The Theory of Color’
There will be a free opening reception for “The Theory of Color,” a two-part exhibition at Artist’s Proof Gallery, 1533 Wisconsin Ave. NW, on Saturday, April 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. with a demonstration by artist Craig Cahoon at 4:30 p.m. Presenting only white monochrome sculptures and paintings, the first part of the exhibition, in April, considers the philosophical, poetic and spiritual associations attributed to a color often perceived as “negative space.” For details, visit aproof.net or call 202-803-2782.
Gay Men’s Chorus at the Barns
The traveling choral and dance ensembles of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C. — Potomac Fever, Rock Creek Singers, Seasons of Love and 17th Street Dance — will perform selections ranging from gospel and pop to Broadway and Fosse on Saturday, April 14, at 4 and 8 p.m. at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road in Vienna, Virginia. Tickets are $40 and $45. For details, visit wolftrap.org or call 877-965-3872.
Carolyn Malachi at the Hill Center
Grammy nominee, singer-songwriter and lifelong Washingtonian Carolyn Malachi, great-granddaughter of local jazz legend John Malachi, will give a free performance on Sunday, April 15, at 6 p.m. to close the Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. In her music, Malachi, who has been compared to Janelle Monae and Anita Baker, draws on R&B, soul, jazz, blues and go-go. For details, visit hillcenterdc.org or call 202-549-4172.
The Knights at Dumbarton Oaks
On Sunday, April 15, at 7 p.m. and Monday, April 16, at 8 p.m., the Knights, a chamber ensemble founded by cellist Eric and violinist Colin Jacobsen, will perform a Hungarian-flavored program of works by Brahms, Ligeti and Taraf de Haïdouks at Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW. Tickets are $54. For details, visit doaks.org or call 202-339-6436.