Weekend Round Up February 14, 2019

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The Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress. Photo by Carol Highsmith. Courtesy LOC.

Get two signature cocktails for $14 this weekend, thanks to “Love, Georgetown.” Step up the romance with the National Symphony Orchestra’s “Romeo & Juliet” program and (if appropriate) the Alexandria Wedding Showcase. On Presidents Day, the Library of Congress welcomes the public to its breathtaking Main Reading Room. For more February events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.

‘Love, Georgetown’

New this year, more than 15 Georgetown restaurants, bars and late-night venues are participating in “Love, Georgetown,” offering signature cocktails at a special price of two for $14 through Sunday, Feb. 17. For the list of participating businesses and details about other Valentine’s-themed promotions and events in Georgetown — including a $10 credit on Via ride-sharing through Feb. 28 — visit georgetowndc.com.

National Symphony Plays Romantic Selections

On Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Music Director Gianandrea Noseda will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring instrumental selections from Berlioz’s “Romeo & Juliet,” Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” and Tchaikovsky’s “Francesca da Rimini.” Tickets are $15 to $89. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.

Percy Jackson Musical: ‘The Lightning Thief’

Also at the Kennedy Center, in the Eisenhower Theater, performances of “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” adapted from Rick Riordan’s best-selling novel, are: Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. A son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control and monsters on his trail. The show is recommended for age 8 and older. Tickets are $39 to $139. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.

Thos. Moser Presidents Day Sale

The D.C. showroom of Thos. Moser, 1028 33rd St. NW, is holding an inventory sale on Presidents Day weekend, Friday, Feb. 15, to Sunday, Feb. 17, with up to 60 percent off on dining, bedroom, living and office furniture. For details, visit thosmoser.com or call 202-793-2606.

Jane Franklin Dance: ‘Second Glance’

Jane Franklin Dance will present “Second Glance” on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Atheneum, 201 Prince St. in Alexandria, Virginia. Set to music by Handel and Bach, the performance features excerpts from recent repertory and new work in cooperation with fine art photographer Fax Ayres. Tickets are $15. For details, visit nvfaa.org or call 202-965-2000.

Hamiltunes DC at Mackey’s

On Saturday, Feb. 16, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Mackey’s Public House, 1306 G St. NW, will host a Hamiltunes DC sing-along, organized by a cabinet of “Hamilton” aficionados who share a love of music and performance just this side of ridiculous. Proceeds will be donated to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Tickets are $17.76 (get it?). For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Dumbarton Concerts: ‘A Feast of Love’

Soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, guitarist Michael Bard and pianist Andrew Simpson will perform a Valentine’s Day program of songs by Mozart, Schubert, Gershwin, Porter and others on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. at Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. Tickets are $42 ($39 for seniors). For details, visit dumbartonconcerts.org or call 202-965-2000.

Urban Bush Women at Dance Place

Crafted out of personal narratives from our communities, kitchens, living rooms and social media, Urban Bush Women’s “Hair & Other Stories” blends dance-theater and conversations to challenge existing American values and celebrate our choices around “who we be” and “how we do!” Performances at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE, are Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $30. For details, visit danceplace.org or call 202-269-1600.

Alexandria Wedding Showcase

The third annual Alexandria Wedding Showcase will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road in Alexandria, Virginia. This year’s event, benefiting Brides Across America, a nonprofit that provides wedding gowns and entire weddings to military and first-responder couples, will feature more than 60 vendors, plus destination experts, demonstrations, a fashion show and a grand-prize wedding giveaway. Tickets are $20 ($15 per person for two or more) in advance and $25 at the door. For details, visit alxweddingshowcase.com.

Hip Hop Legacy of Gordon Parks

In a presentation and discussion on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, artist and educator Adrian Loving and scholar Vikki Tobak will explore Gordon Parks’s legacy in photography and film, tracing his impact on music videos directed by artists such as Fab 5 Freddy and Kendrick Lamar. Admission is free. For details, visit nga.gov or call 202-737-4215.

‘Living the Dream … Singing the Dream’

Also on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington Performing Arts’ Gospel Choirs and the Choral Arts Chorus will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a joyful celebration of the power of music, collaboration and the human spirit. Tickets are $25 to $75. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.

Library of Congress Main Reading Room

The Main Reading Room in the Library of Congress’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE., will be open to the public on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., one of two annual open houses. Docents will be available between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to talk about the Jefferson Building’s history, art and architecture and the library’s collections and exhibitions. Reference librarians will be on hand to demonstrate services, offer instruction, answer questions, provide tours of the main card catalog and share noteworthy items. In addition, the library’s Young Readers Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with activity stations and programming (visitors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times). For details, visit loc.gov or call 202-707-8000.

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