Mother’s Day teas — along with workshops on flower arranging and art glass — will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is also the day of the 90th Georgetown Garden Tour. And the culture of the Spanish-speaking Americas is on view at GALA Hispanic Theatre, at Festival Argentino USA in Virginia and at the Kennedy Center’s “Artes de Cuba” festival, continuing through May 20. For more May events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
‘En el tiempo de las mariposas’
GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, presents the final performances of “En el tiempo de las mariposas” (“In the Time of the Butterflies”), based on the novel by Julia Alvarez, which tells the story of the Mirabal sisters’ resistance to Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. The play is performed in Spanish with English surtitles. Performances are Thursday, May 10, Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $45. For details, visit en.galatheatre.org or call 202-234-7174.
Georgetown Village Spring Benefit
On Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m., Georgetown Village hosts its Spring Benefit honoring Nancy Taylor Bubes at Foley & Lardner, 3000 K St. NW. Hors d’oeuvres are being donated by Tony & Joe’s and Nick’s Riverside Grill. Tickets are $150. For details, visit georgetown-village.org or call 202-999-8988.
Carol Burnett at the Kennedy Center
Harkening back to the legendary openings of “The Carol Burnett Show,” the Kennedy Center presents a 90-minute interactive encounter with the legendary comic performer on Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m., with the audience asking the questions. Tickets are $59 to $149. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 800-444-1324.
Georgetown Garden Tour
The 90th annual Georgetown Garden Tour, hosted by the Georgetown Garden Club on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature eight exquisite gardens with varying styles, scale and intriguing histories. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased the day of the tour at Christ Church, 31st and O Streets NW. For details, visit georgetowngardenclubdc.org. To read a feature about this year’s Garden Tour, click here.
Mother’s Day Flower Arranging
Rosewood Washington, D.C., 1050 31st St. NW, in partnership with local florist MultiFlor, will offer a flower-arranging workshop led by Carol Inskeep on Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. in the hotel’s rooftop lounge. Guests will go home with a stunning bouquet for Mom. Tickets are $75 for one parent and one child (additional tickets are $20 per child). The event will also include a cocktail for parents and a mocktail for children. Guests may craft extra arrangements for $45 each. To reserve a spot, email email@example.com or call 202-617-2400.
Queen Bee Mother’s Day Tea
Also on Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road in Laurel, Maryland, will hold seatings for tea in Montpelier’s beautiful East Wing. The fixed-price menu includes finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries, scones and a choice of two quality loose-leaf teas, served on china and tiered stands. Tickets are $30. This event is for age 18 and older. For details, visit pgparks.com or call 301-377-7817.
‘Artes de Cuba’ Drum Beat Parade
As part of “Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World,” the Kennedy Center’s festival of Cuban culture, three exciting bands from Cuba, New York and the D.C. metro area will give a free performance in a boisterous display of sonic unity on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. in the Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer. For details, visit kennedy-center.org.
Festival Argentino USA 2018
Festival Argentino USA celebrates its 31st anniversary on Saturday, May 12, at 6 p.m. with a spectacular show for the whole family, featuring folk music, tango, dance and pop music. The event will take place at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road in Arlington, Virginia. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children. For details, visit festivalargentino.org.
Washington Jewish Film Festival: ‘The Starry Sky Above Me’
“The Starry Sky Above Me,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, will be screened at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Saturday, May 12, at 8:50 p.m. In this French film — part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival, which concludes Sunday, May 13 — Laurent Poitrenaux delivers a tour-de-force performance as the neurotic and wounded Bruno. Tickets are $15.53. For details, visit wjff.org or call 202-777-3218.
Mother’s Day Tea at Lady Camelia
On Sunday, May 13, at 1 p.m., the Secret Life of Daydreams hosts a Mother’s Day Tea at Lady Camelia, 3261 Prospect St. NW. The event includes afternoon tea refreshments and a gift bag full of goodies. Tickets are $75. For details, visit secretdaydreams.com or call 202-333-2308.
Mother’s Day Art Glass Workshop
Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard in Glen Echo, Maryland, is offering an art glass workshop for adults on Sunday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m. Participants will learn the basics for working with glass, make a plate or a tile with a variety of colorful opaque and transparent glass, then use those glasses plus dichroic glass to create a one-of-a-kind pendant. No experience is needed. Tickets are $85. For details, visit glenechopark.org or call 301-634-2255.
Mellon Lecture: ‘Claes Oldenburg and His Ray Guns’
Also on Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m., as part of the free lecture series “Positive Barbarism: Brutal Aesthetics in the Postwar Period,” Hal Foster will discuss the early work of Claes Oldenburg in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. For details, visit nga.gov or call 202-737-4215.