Weekend Round Up April 18, 2019

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The Anacostia River Festival. Photo by Jeff Salmore.

Tomorrow is both Good Friday and the start of Passover. Along with Easter programming at Washington National Cathedral, the Takoma Community Center, the Graham Georgetown and the Hamilton, this weekend offers jazz, dance, a murder mystery, tulip planting and, on Saturday, the Anacostia River Festival. For more April events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.

Arturo Sandoval at Blues Alley

Latin Jazz legend Arturo Sandoval, a trumpeter mentored by Dizzy Gillespie, will perform at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Thursday, April 18, through Sunday, April 21, at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $65 to $70. For details, visit bluesalley.com or call 202-337-4141.

Live Jazz at Kramerbooks Café 

Rooted in the music of New Orleans, Blue Dot Jazz Troupe will bring a mix of blues, funk, Afro-Cuban and pop sounds to the café at Kramerbooks, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW, on Thursday, April 18, from 8 to 10 p.m.; Friday, April 19, from 10 p.m. to midnight; and Saturday, April 20, from 10 p.m. to midnight. For details, visit kramers.com or call 202-387-3825.

Legacy of the New Dance Group

Ellen Graff, author of “Stepping Left: Dance and Politics in New York City, 1928-1942,” will introduce a performance of five solo dances created by the New Dance Group, an artist collective formed in 1932 by a circle of American modern dance pioneers, on Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m. at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Tickets are free with RSVP. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call  202-707-5000.

Community Seder at Equinox

This community seder experience on Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at Equinox, 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, includes a special three-course, prix-fixe menu of dishes created to honor the traditions of the holiday, as well as a complimentary “old family favorite standby” of Manischewitz Concord Grape for the table to use for the service. Tickets are $70. For details, visit equinoxrestaurant.com or call 202-331-8118.

eARTh Day Tulip Planting

The free eARTh Day Planting Event, on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., is a volunteer service event for ChipN volunteers to install landscape art at one of the District Department of Parks and Recreation’s pollinator gardens, Ward 7’s Butterfly Garden, 4900 Central Ave. NE. Over 500 tulips will be installed to honor environmental stewardship and to further beautify the space. ChipN volunteers will earn chips for each 1.5-hour session. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Zero-Waste Easter Egg Hunt

Plastic Easter eggs cannot be recycled and most plastic will end up in landfills. This event, on Saturday, April 20, at 9:30 a.m. at the Takoma Community Center, 300 Van Buren St. NW, will include educational activities focusing on why and how to reduce our waste. Participants, who will learn to make a piñata from a cereal box, should bring an old cereal box (or a similar piece of cardboard) and their own water bottles. This event is free, but a $5 cash donation is requested. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Hoppy Easter at the Graham Rooftop 

On Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Graham Georgetown, 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, will host an early, family-friendly Easter celebration with egg and cookie decorating and photos with the Easter Bunny. Adult tickets include a choice of a mimosa, a bloody Mary or a non-alcoholic beverage. Children’s tickets include a juice or a soda and a goody bag. Drinks and small bites will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-337-0900.

Anacostia River Festival

The 100th birthday of Anacostia Park will be celebrated at the fifth annual Anacostia River Festival, presented by the 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service on Saturday, April 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Anacostia Park, Good Hope Road and Anacostia Drive SE. Attendees can take a canoe out to explore the river, ride in a bike parade, play lawn games and experience Southeast D.C.’s local arts scene. Admission is free. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Pianist at Kreeger Museum
French pianist Mathilde Handelsman will perform a selection of works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Debussy for visitors to the galleries at the Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW, on Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 ($8 for seniors, students and military). For details, visit kreegermuseum.org or call 202-337-3050.

Murder Mystery Comedy: ‘Sing for Your Life’ 

On Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m., AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. in North Bethesda, Maryland, will present “Sing for Your Life,” a live, interactive murder mystery show packed with parodies of “American Idol” and “The Voice.” You’re at a TV taping of Karaoke Krown, a show that chooses who will reign as King or Queen of Karaoke. But before someone takes the crown, someone takes a life. Tickets are $20 to $35. For details, visit ampbystrathmore.com or call 301-581-5100.

Gospel Brunch at the Hamilton

On Sunday, April 21, at 12:30 p.m., the doors will open for an all-you-can-eat buffet of breakfast classics and Southern dishes — plus a choice of one specialty mimosa or bloody Mary — at the Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. At 1 p.m., there will be a show by the Gospel Angels. In their 31st year of singing God’s praises, the Gospel Angels have shared the stage with nearly every major gospel artist. Tickets are $45. For details, visit live.thehamiltondc.com.

Easter Sunday Organ Recital

Also on Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m., Washington National Cathedral organist George Fergus will give an Easter afternoon recital on the great organ at the cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. A $10 donation is recommended. For details, visit cathedral.org or call 202-537-6200.

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