Filmfest DC gets rolling Thursday, April 19, screening 80 films from 45 countries (two are highlighted below) through Sunday, April 29. And it’s a big weekend at the Folger, which will bring “The Winter’s Tale” to a close and celebrate the Bard’s birthday Sunday. Fans of choral music take note: the Choral Arts Chamber Singers will perform at the Church of the Epiphany and the City Choir of Washington at the National Presbyterian Church. For more April events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Filmfest DC: ‘The Third Murder’
On Friday, April 20, at 8:30 p.m., Japanese legal thriller “The Third Murder” will be screened at AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, as part of Filmfest DC. There will be a second screening on Sunday, April 22, at 8:15 p.m. at Landmark Theatres E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW. Factory worker Misumi admits that he has killed the factory’s owner and stolen his wallet because he needed the money. Then he announces that the owner’s wife paid him to kill her husband for the insurance money. Defense lawyer Shigemori becomes increasingly fascinated with Misumi and emotionally invested in the case. Tickets are $14. For details, visit filmfestdc.org.
Filmfest DC: ‘A Season in France’
On Saturday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m., Filmfest DC will screen “A Season in France” at Landmark Theatres E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW. A refugee from war-torn Central African Republic living without papers in France, Abbas works menial jobs in Paris to support two children. For a while they live in relative happiness, but the Asylum Court knows nothing of love and family. At the same time Abbas’s brother experiences a disturbing act of anti-immigrant vandalism. Tickets are $14. For details, visit filmfestdc.org.
‘The Winter’s Tale’ at the Folger
The Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE, presents the final performances of Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale,” a play combining drama with comedy. Convinced of his wife’s unfaithfulness, Leontes, King of Sicilia, plots murder, subjects his queen, Hermione, to public ridicule, then casts out his baby daughter. With the passage of time come realization, revelation and redemption. Performances are: Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 22, at 7 p.m. Ticket are $35 to $75. For details, visit folger.edu or call 202-544-7077.
Cat Stratakis at 1310 Kitchen & Bar
Vocalist and songwriter Cat Stratakis, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Raul del Moral, will perform cover songs in a range of styles at Georgetown’s new 1310 Kitchen & Bar, 1310 Wisconsin Ave. NW, on Thursday, April 19 (and every Thursday), from 6 to 9 p.m. Stratakis, who was runner up at Amateur Night at the Apollo in New York City, previously won the WRNR radio contest and Annapolis Idol. For details, visit 1310kitchendc.com or call 202-333-8232.
Tracy Morgan at the Kennedy Center
The “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” alum follows up his nationwide tour, “Picking Up the Pieces,” and his Netflix special, “Staying Alive,” with a return to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall stage on Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39 to $79. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 800-444-1324.
Opening Reception: ‘What’s Real to You?’
On Friday, April 20, at 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m., there will be opening receptions — free with RSVP — for this exhibition at Zenith Gallery, 1429 Iris St. NW. The three featured artists have very distinct styles of their idea of Realism. Ron Schwerin is known for his realist naturalistic nude portraits and detailed still lives. The hazy soft subtleness of Davis Morton’s paintings reflects his subconscious, memories and dreams. Gavin Sewell focuses on the invisible and ambiguous. For details, visit zenithgallery.com or call 202-783-2963.
Saturday Family Jazz Session
Starting at 11 a.m., junior jazz aficionados can spend Saturday, April 21, at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Avenue in N. Bethesda, Maryland, singing, playing and preparing for a lifetime of music appreciation. This fun, creative, kid-friendly series, recommended for ages 3 to 8, features renowned jazz singer Rochelle Rice and multi-instrumentalist Seth Kibel. Tickets are $10-$12 For details, visit ampbystrathmore.com or call 301-581-5100.
Choral Arts: ‘After Spring Sunset’
Also on Saturday, April 21, at 5 p.m., Artistic Director Scott Tucker and the Choral Arts Chamber Singers will perform music inspired by nature, including works by Benjamin Britten, Peter Schickele, R. Murray Schafer and Ralph Vaughan Williams. The concert celebrates the hope, peace and renewal that come with the spring season. Tickets are $30. For details, visit choralarts.org or call 202-244-3669. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW.
Meryl Gordon on Bunny Mellon
During Garden Week, on Sunday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m., the National Sporting Museum & Library, 102 The Plains Road in Middleburg, Virginia, will pay homage to Bunny Mellon, whose legacy lives on at the Oak Spring Foundation and in the White House Rose Garden. Meryl Gordon will speak about Mellon’s life, especially in and around Middleburg, as presented in her book “Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Icon.” Admission is $10. To register, contact Anne Marie Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-687-6542, ext. 25.
Beginning at noon on Sunday, April 22, the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE, hosts a free celebration of William Shakespeare’s birthday, including performances, stage combat demonstrations, Elizabethan crafts and, of course, birthday cake. Happy Birthday, Will! For details, visit folger.edu or call 202-544-4600.
City Choir of Washington
On Sunday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m., the City Choir of Washington will mark Robert Shafer’s fiftieth anniversary as a conductor in Washington, D.C., with a concert featuring Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes at the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave NW. On the program are a world-premiere Magnificat setting by Brian Bartoldus; works by Handel, Finzi, and Charpentier; and a performance by baroque dancer Brynt Beitman set to Lully’s “Entrée d’Apollon.” Tickets are $15 (obstructed view) to $50. For details, visit thecitychoirofwashington.org or call 202-495-1613.
Earth Day Mindfulness Hike and Yoga Class
Patagonia DC, Khepera Wellness and the Kings of the Boys Institute invite area residents to take part in a free mindfulness walk with adventurer Tyrhee Moore and the inspirational women of Girl Trek on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. A yoga class led by Brandon Copeland of Khepera Wellness will follow the hour-long hike. Participants should meet at Patagonia DC, 1048 Wisconsin Ave. NW. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-333-1776.
‘What Makes It Great?’: Bernstein Songbook
Congenial music educator and commentator Rob Kapilow is back for another season of “What Makes It Great?” Presented by Washington Performing Arts, the series opens ears and minds to what it is that makes a musical masterpiece. On Sunday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at the National Portrait Gallery (new venue), 8th and F Streets NW, Kapilow will focus on the Leonard Bernstein Songbook with singers Sally Wilfert and Michael Winther. Tickets are $25. For details, visit washingtonperformingarts.org or call 202-633-3030.