Some events during the first big weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which continues through April 14: the Pink Tie Party, a Georgetown cupcake tour, art and music inspired by “The Tale of Genji” at the Freer and a chamber music concert at Georgetown’s Evermay. Environmental films are being screened around town and tonight is George Washington University’s first-ever Arts Walk. For more March events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
‘The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963’
In the Eisenhower Theater, the Kennedy Center is presenting a semi-staged adaptation for age 9 and older of Christopher Paul Curtis’s book, the story of a family’s bond and endurance amid one of the darkest periods in America’s history. Performances are: Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 23, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 24, at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $50. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
‘Confection’ at the Folger
This 45-minute immersive experience from Third Rail Projects grants audiences exclusive access to the Paster and Sedgwick-Bond Reading Rooms at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. The performance winds its way through these ornate spaces, with participants invited to savor bite-sized delights designed by local pâtissiers. Performances are: Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 and 8 p.m.; Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, at 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m.; and Sunday, March 24, at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $60. For details, visit folger.edu or call 202-544-4600.
GW Arts Walk
George Washington University’s free, first-ever Arts Walk starts at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 21. The venues include: Smith Hall of Art, 801 22nd St. NW; the GWU Museum and the Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW; and the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, 500 17th St. NW, where there will be an after-party from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Among the things to see and do are Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” paintings, Robin Bell’s light installations and projections, an installation about gender equality by Halcyon fellow Althea Rao, a wearable-art performance by Rhe’a Roland, Sarah Cooke’s MFA thesis exhibition and other MFA student work, selections from the GW art collections, dance performances, screen-printing and button-making. The first visitors to the GWU and Textile Museums will receive a limited-edition canvas bag. For details, visit calendar.gwu.edu or call 202-994-1700.
EFF: ‘The Woman Who Loves Giraffes’
As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes” will be screened on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at American University’s Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW, and Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at Eaton DC, 1201 K St. NW. On March 21, a post-screening discussion moderated by Maggie Burnette Stogner, executive director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, will feature the film’s subjects, 85-year-old zoologist Anne Innis Dagg and her daughter Mary Dagg; director Alison Reid; and executive producer Paul Zimic. Tickets are free with RSVP. For details, visit dceff.org or call 202-342-2564.
Dinner and a Movie: ‘Warrior Women’
On Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m., the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, will present a free screening of “Warrior Women,” directed by Christina D. King (Seminole/Creek/Sac & Fox) and Elizabeth Castle. The film tells the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, an American Indian Movement leader who cultivated a ragtag bunch of activist children — including her daughter Marcy — into the We Will Remember Survival Group, an alternative school. The Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe will offer dinner à la carte until 6:45 p.m. For details, visit americanindian.si.edu.
National Cherry Blossom Festival: Pink Tie Party
Also on Friday, March 22, from 7 to 11 p.m., the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Pink Tie Party will stylishly mark the end of winter and the official beginning of blossom season. The event, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, will include food highlighting the local culinary scene, an open bar, unique entertainment and over-the-top-decor. Tickets are $225. For details, visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
Georgetown Tour: Cherry Blossoms and Cupcakes
On Saturday, March 23, at noon, Dwane Starlin, a member of the Guild of Professional Guides of Washington, D.C., will lead a two-hour walking tour of Georgetown focusing on history, cherry blossoms and blossom-inspired cupcakes from Baked & Wired, Sprinkles and Georgetown Cupcake. Tickets are $25. The tour departs from Dumbarton House’s garden gates at Q and 27th Streets NW. For details, visit dumbartonhouse.org or call 202-337-2288.
EFF: ‘Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes’
As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, will host a screening, free with RSVP, of “Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes” on Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m. In the film, public garden designer Lynden B. Miller explores the remarkable life and career of America’s first female landscape architect, who was an early advocate for public gardens while creating gardens for John D. Rockefeller Jr., J. P. Morgan, Woodrow Wilson and, at Dumbarton Oaks, Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss. For details, visit dceff.org or call 202-342-2564.
Anoushka Shankar at Sixth & I
In a reprise of her packed-house performances in spring 2017, sitar virtuoso and cross-genre adventurer Anoushka Shankar returns to her roots in North Indian classical music in back-to-back concerts at Sixth & I, 600 I St. NW, on Saturday, March 23, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $45. For details, visit washingtonperformingarts.org or call 877-987-6487.
‘The Tale of Genji’ in Art and Music
In conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, on Sunday, March 24, the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW, will present a curator-led tour of Japanese masterpieces depicting stories from “The Tale of Genji” at 1 p.m. Following the tour, at 2 p.m., violinist and composer Ikuko Kawai will direct an original interpretation of the 11th-century Japanese classic for violin, biwa (lute), Japanese percussion and narrator. Admission is free. For details, visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
The 6821 Quintet at Evermay
On Sunday, March 24, at 4 p.m., also in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the 6821 Quintet will perform works commissioned for the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 festivals at the historic Evermay estate, 1623 28th St. NW. Tickets are $65. For details, visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
Portland Cello Project Performs Radiohead
The fateful intersection of the equally unorthodox “OK Computer” album by Radiohead and Oregon-based cello collective the Portland Cello Project, joined by Shins keyboardist Patti King, will take place on Sunday, March 24, at 8 p.m. at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. in North Bethesda, Maryland. Tickets are $27, $33 and $37. For details, visit ampbystrathmore.com or call 301-581-5100.