Weekend Round Up March 14, 2019

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"Orchids: Amazing Adaptations" in the National Portrait Gallery's Kogod Courtyard. Photo by Richard Selden.

No D.C. parade this year, but St. Patrick — and all things Irish — will be celebrated this weekend with a Shamrock Crawl in Dupont, performances in Gaithersburg and “Fifty Shades of Jameson” at U Street’s Vivid Lounge. You can also sketch orchids, tour Heurich House with the kids and wander the Travel & Adventure Show. This year’s Environmental Film Festival start today and continues through March 24. For more March events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.

NSO: ‘Baroque & Beyond’

Baroque master Ton Koopman will return to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to lead a National Symphony Orchestra program of works by Rebel, Rameau, C.P.E. Bach, Mozart and Haydn. Performances are: Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m.; Friday, March 15, at 11:30 a.m.; and Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $89. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.

Round House Theatre: ‘Here Eye Stand’

As the school day ends, a teenage theater troupe struggles with the distance between the roles they play and the lives they live. In this world premiere, commissioned for Round House Theatre’s Teen Performance Company, local playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings immerses the audience in the anxieties, struggles and joys of 21st-century adolescence. Performances at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. in Bethesda, Maryland, are: Friday, March 15, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 16, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $26. For details, visit roundhousetheatre.org.

Orchid Sketching at the Portrait Gallery

On Friday, March 15, at 1 p.m., teaching artist Jill Galloway and award-winning botanical illustrator Alice Tangerini will lead a free flower-sketching session in the special exhibition “Orchids: Amazing Adaptations” in the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW. For details, visit npg.si.edu or call 202-633-8300.

EFF: ‘Elephant Path – Njaia Njoku’

As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, there will be a screening of “Elephant Path – Njaia Njoku,” about an elephant behavioral biologist and an indigenous tracker tested by the realities of war and the limits of hope for these majestic animals, on Friday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at Landmark Theatres E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Tickets are $10. For details, visit dceff.org or call 202-342-2564.

Irish Arts in Gaithersburg

Also on Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m., area residents are invited to enjoy Irish music, dance, poetry and art with the Bog Band, Kristin Ferragut and Monica Harwood at Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Road in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Following the performance, visitors can take part in an instructional Ceili (set dancing) with the Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers. Tickets are $12 and Irish beer will be available for purchase. For details, visit gaithersburgmd.gov or call  301-258-6425.

Kids in the Castle

The Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW, will open its doors for free, kid-friendly, self-guided tours on Saturday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children and parents are invited to wander through the house at their own pace, complete a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes and relax and play games in the Castle Garden (weather permitting). Registration is suggested. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

The Shamrock Crawl

On Saturday, March 16, from 2 to 10 p.m., 15 Dupont Circle bars will celebrate St. Patrick by offering $2 beers, $3 rail drinks, $4 shamrock shots and $5 Irish car bombs. Tickets to this 21+ event, including cover-free access, a signature shamrock mug and raffle entry, are $15 early-bird and $40 the day of the event. Register at the Front Page, 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW, between 2 and 5:30 p.m. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Paris Chansons at the French Embassy

As part of DC Francophonie Festival 2019, the Embassy of Armenia, La Maison Française and Smithsonian Associates will present a performance by Paris Chansons — known for their original renditions of French favorites from Charles Aznavour, Joe Dassin, Edith Piaf and others — on Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at the French Embassy, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. The concert will feature a special tribute to Aznavour. Tickets (advance purchase required) are $35. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Travel & Adventure Show

On Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, will host the Washington DC Travel & Adventure Show, featuring thousands of travel experts; travel celebrities Samantha Brown, Andrew McCarthy and Peter Greenberg; educational seminars; song and dance on the Global Beats Stage; and virtual reality experiences. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Advance tickets are $11 for one-day admission and $18 for two-day admission (16 and under free). For details, visit eventbrite.com.

EFF: ‘Journey of the Whooping Crane’

As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, on Sunday, March 17, at 1 p.m., the documentary “Journey of the Whooping Crane,” directed by Rhett Turner and Greg Pope, will be screened at the Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. The population of North America’s tallest bird has been restored from 15 cranes in the 1940s to about 800 currently. Admission is free with RSVP. For details, visit dceff.org or call 202-342-2564.

‘Fifty Shades of Jameson’

For those, Irish or not, who love Irish whiskey, DSTRKT and Jameson Whiskey will take over Vivid Lounge, 1334 U St. NW, on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17, for a Jameson tasting from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by Jameson specials all night plus $15 hookah until 6 p.m. Admission is free with RSVP. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Cathedral Choral Society: ‘Rachmaninoff Liturgy’

Also on Sunday, March 17, at 4 p.m.  in Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Steven Fox will conduct the Cathedral Choral Society in Rachmaninoff’s a cappella work for chorus, “The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom,” featuring deacon Leonid Roschko, soprano Fotina Naumenko and tenor Marc Day. Tickets are $25 to $81.50. For details, visit cathedralchoralsociety.org or call 202-537-2228.

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