Prepare to be smitten, as Charles II was, by Nell Gwynn at the Folger. Ninety-one-year-old painter Alex Katz will converse with the National Gallery of Art’s head of modern art and 62-year-old jazz master Dianne Reeves will sing at the Kennedy Center. Also singing this weekend: the City Choir in a McLean church, the Cathedral Choral Society at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and Washington Revels (and everyone else) in a Falls Church pub. For more March events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
‘Nell Gwynn’ at Folger Theatre
When a humble orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane steps onto the Restoration stage, Charles II, smitten with her spirit, brings her to court as a favorite mistress. Performances of “Nell Gwynn” at Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE, are Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 10, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $42 to $79. For 20 percent off full-price tickets, subject to availability, use promo code CAPITALNELL. For details, visit folger.edu or call 202-544-7077.
Luce Unplugged Showcase
On Friday, March 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum visitors can explore the art in the museum’s Luce Center, F and 8th Streets NW, while listening to sets by two local bands — Jax Deluca and Knife Wife — selected by Washington City Paper arts editor Matt Cohen. Admission is free, with free craft beer tastings. For details, visit americanart.si.edu or call 202-633-7970.
Women in the Arts Pop-Up
Area residents are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day — a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women — with art, music, shopping and cocktails on Friday, March 8, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at AUrate New York, 3263 M St. NW. Admission is free. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves
2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves — winner of five Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album and recipient of an honorary doctorate of music from Juilliard — will perform in the Kennedy Center Family Theater on Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $49. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Alex Katz at the National Gallery
On Saturday, March 9, at noon, painter Alex Katz will engage in conversation with Harry Cooper, senior curator and head of modern art, in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Admission is free. For details, visit nga.gov or call 202-737-4215.
HopFest at DC Brau
The fifth annual HopFest, supporting the DC Brewers’ Guild, will take place on Saturday, March 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. at DC Brau, 3178 Bladensburg Road NE. Dozens of breweries will be on hand, offering old favorites, hard-to-find brews and one-offs crafted just for HopFest 2019. The festival will also feature games, music and food trucks. Tickets, including a complimentary tasting glass and unlimited pours, are $40 in advance and $45 at the door if available. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Workshop at Washington Printmakers
Washington Printmakers Gallery, 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW, will offer a free workshop with Karin Edgett, “Art + Haiku,” on Saturday, March 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. Then, from 4 to 6 p.m., all six of the galleries on Georgetown’s Book Hill will be open with refreshments for visitors. For details, visit washingtonprintmakers.com or call 202-669-1497.
The Washington School of Ballet’s Rising Stars
Students in the Washington Ballet’s professional training program will give a free performance of classical ballet and contemporary dance pieces — including excerpts from “Don Quixote” and “La Bayadère” — on Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. at THEARC Theater, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SW. A Q&A with the dancers will follow. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
NextGen Vocal Competition
Also on Saturday, March 9, at 8 p.m., the American Pops Orchestra’s jazz quartet will perform at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW, as 30 semifinalists from university programs compete to win the top title in the second annual vocal competition of the D.C. chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. Tickets are $30 ($20 for under 30 and military). For details, visit eventbrite.com.
City Choir: ‘The Glory of France’
On Sunday, March 10, at 4:30 p.m., the City Choir of Washington will perform works by Duruflé, Fauré, Franck and Poulenc at Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike in McLean, Virginia. Featured performers will include soprano Danielle Talamantes, pianist Peter Uhlir and organist Paul Skevington. Tickets are $30 ($15 for age 30 and under). For details, visit thecitychoirofwashington.org.
Cathedral Choral Society Gala
This year’s Mardi Gras-themed Cathedral Choral Society gala — on Sunday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW — will include a cocktail hour, a seated dinner, performances by Cathedral Choral Society artists and chorus members, a live auction and dancing to New Orleans-style jazz by Tongue in Cheek. Tickets are $400. For details, visit cathedralchoralsociety.org or call 202-537-5510.
Pub Sing in Falls Church
Also on Sunday, March 10, at 7 p.m., Washington Revels will convene its annual spring Pub Sing at Ireland’s Four Provinces, 105 W. Broad St. in Falls Church, Virginia. Musical hosts and local folk performers Jennifer Cutting and Steve Winick will lead this sing-along event, open to all ages (active supervision required for those under 13). Tickets are $23 ($18 for ages 13 to 18, $13 for 12 and under). For details, visit revelsdc.org or call 412-491-7683.