This weekend in Georgetown: GU’s Latin American Film Festival and the Lantern Bookshop’s Half-Priced Sale. Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory will host an artful cherry blossom celebration on Saturday, with an oysterfest at Vola’s next door. And “Petalpalooza” puts a cherry on top with Saturday-night fireworks on the Southwest waterfront. Also that night, the American University Museum opens its spring exhibitions. For more April events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Latin American Film Festival
The 4th annual Georgetown Latin American Film Festival will present free screenings followed by panel discussions on three consecutive days at Georgetown University, 3700 O St. NW. On Thursday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the ICC Auditorium (reception at 6 p.m.), “Viva el Vedado” tells the story of a Havana neighborhood from the late 19th century through the Cuban Revolution. On Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the ICC Auditorium (refreshments at 6:30 p.m.), “¡Las Sandinistas!” uncovers the untold stories of women who shattered barriers to lead combat and social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution and the ensuing U.S.-backed Contra War. On Saturday, April 6, at 12:30 p.m. in the Healey Family Student Center, a short documentary, “American, Too,” explores the identity of young people from the Central American diaspora, and a feature-length documentary, “The Unafraid,” follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Final Performances: ‘The Jewish Queen Lear’
In partnership with the Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies Program, Theater J presents a new translation of Jacob Gordin’s 1898 Yiddish classic “Mirele Efros” at Gonda Theatre in Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center, 37th and O Streets. Final performances are: Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 6, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 7, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $69, $63 for seniors, $54 for military and $30 for under 35. For details, visit theaterj.org or call 202-777-3210.
‘Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’
In this show at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. in Arlington, Virginia, three women — an art restorer, her nurse and their military captor — are trapped in a ravaged museum during a catastrophic hundred-years’ war, tasked with restoring a damaged Rembrandt painting. Final performances are: Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 6, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 7, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $89. For details, visit sigtheatre.org or call 703-820-9771.
Lantern Bookshop Half-Priced Sale
The Lantern Bookshop, 3241 P St. NW, will hold its Spring Half-Priced Sale from Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7. Everything in the all-volunteer used and rare bookshop is half-priced, including books, music, art and Bryn Mawr College merchandise. All profits support Bryn Mawr scholarships. Hours are: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For details, visit lanternbookshop.org or call 202-333-3222.
On Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m., Washington Concert Opera will present “Zelmira,” the last of Rossini’s Neapolitan operas, at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. Embarking on a mission to save her father, King Polidoro, from a murderous usurper, Zelmira, sung by Spanish mezzo-soprano Silvia Tro Santafé, faces a series of aspersions directed against her, nearly losing her family and her life. Tenor Lawrence Brownlee portrays Zelmira’s husband Ilo. Tickets are $40 to $110. For details, visit concertopera.org or call 202-364-5826.
Choral Arts at Dupont Underground
The “Into the Light” program of immersive soundscapes and projections, on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at 8 p.m. in Dupont Underground, 19 Dupont Circle NW, includes Steve Reich’s “Different Trains,” a choral and double string quartet arrangement of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and a new piece by Choral Arts Artistic Director Scott Tucker written with the venue’s acoustics in mind. Featured artists are the Choral Arts Chamber Singers, the Choral Arts Youth Choir, the New Orchestra of Washington and the Aeolus Quartet. Seating is limited and most attendees will stand for the duration of the 90-minute experience. Tickets are $20. For details, visit choralarts.org or call 202-244-3669.
Vola’s Spring Oysterfest
Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge, 101 North Union St. in Alexandria, Virginia, will present its Spring Oysterfest on Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets include unlimited fresh shucked oysters, fried and broiled oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, Vola’s house-made chips, crab mac and cheese plus beer and wine. The 21+ event also includes a shucking contest and a Bowmore Oyster Luge on the new Boardwalk Patio. Tickets are $80. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 703-935-8890.
Torpedo Factory Cherry Blossom Celebration
Also in Alexandria, Virginia, at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St., on Saturday, April 6, from noon to 5 p.m., there will be an indoor hanami (flower viewing) with cherry blossom-inspired art, plus activities and performances. Admission is free. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
National Cherry Blossom Festival: ‘Petalpalooza’
“Petalpalooza,” a free National Cherry Blossom Festival event featuring interactive art installations, larger-than-life games, live music, a beer garden and a spectacular fireworks show, will take place on Saturday, April 6, from noon to 9:30 p.m. (fireworks at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting) at District Waterfront, 735 Water St. SW. For details, visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
Opening Reception: American University Museum
On Saturday, April 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, will hold a free opening reception for its spring exhibitions: “Forward Press: 21st Century Printmaking”; “Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo”; “Squire Broel”; “Kenneth Victor Young: Contiuum,” presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art; “Peripheral Visions,” an MFA first-year show; and “Turbulence,” an MFA thesis show. Admission is free. For details, visit american.edu/cas/museum or call 202-885-1300.
Apollo Orchestra With Peter Orth
Pianist Peter Orth will give a free performance of Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Apollo Orchestra on Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Also on the program are the overture to Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” and “Passacaglia” and “Four Sea Interludes” from Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes.” For details, visit apolloorchestra.com.
Silent Short Films of the Jazz Age
Also on Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m., resident curator and pianist Andrew Earle Simpson and a guest jazz ensemble will provide live original musical accompaniment to classic short silent film comedies at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $16, $14 for seniors, military and students. For details, visit atlasarts.org or call 202-399-7993.