Weekend Round Up April 25, 2019

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A juggler at the French Market. Courtesy Georgetown BID.

Filmfest DC starts today and runs through May 5. The Georgetown French Market will bring Paris to Book Hill (free coffee from the Economist’s “Grounds for Change” cart) and the Smithsonian Craft Show will display works in all media at the Building Museum. Catch jazz at Dupont Underground tonight and at the Duke Ellington School on Friday. Among other family-friendly options, Saturday is Carousel Day at Glen Echo Park. For more end-of-April events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar. 

Smithsonian Craft Show

The most prestigious juried show of fine American crafts in the country returns to the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. On display and for sale at the 37th annual Smithsonian Craft Show will be works from 120 artists, including basketry, ceramics, decorative fibers, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood. Show hours are: Thursday, April 25, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20. For details, visit smithsoniancraftshow.org.

Jazz at Dupont Underground

Jazz vocalist Changamiré will perform on Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Dupont Underground, 19 Dupont Circle NW, with a quintet featuring Count Basie alum Lincoln Ross on trombone, Clifton Brockington on piano, BT Richardson on bass, Steve Walker on drums and Donvonte McCoy on trumpet. The “After Lounge” follows the concert at Doyle Bar. Tickets are $25. For details, visit dupontunderground.org.

Georgetown French Market

The 16th annual Georgetown French Market, presented by the Georgetown Business Improvement District, will transform Georgetown’s charming Book Hill neighborhood — Wisconsin Avenue between O Street and Reservoir Road — into a Parisian-inspired open-air market. More than 35 locally-owned boutiques, cafes, salons and galleries will feature designer goods, art, home furnishings and French fare, with some items up to 75 percent off. There will also be face painting, a caricature artist, roaming street performers and live French and gypsy jazz. Hours are: Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28, from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For details, visit georgetownfrenchmarketdc.com.

Eat, Drink & Be Literary! in Hillsboro

On Friday, April 26, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro, Virginia, will host Andrea Wulf, author of “Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation.” Her talk will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. The following day, Saturday, April 27, four historic estates will open their gardens to visitors ($25). For details, visit oldstoneschool.org.

Jazz at Duke Ellington School

Also on Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW, will celebrate Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington’s 120th birthday at “Jazz City,” featuring performances by keyboardists Cyrus Chestnut and Marcus Johnson and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Orchestra, directed by Carroll V. Dashiell Jr. The event also includes the presentation of the 2019 Daryl Libow Social Justice and Davey Yarborough Excellence in Jazz Award and “Duke’s After Party and Jam Session.” immediately following the concert. Tickets are $25, $45 VIP (reception at 6:30 p.m.) and $10 for students. For details, visit ellingtonschool.org/events.

Family Day at AU Museum

The American University Museum’s family day on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will offer activities for all ages — including hands-on art projects, a scavenger hunt, guided tours, storytelling and music making — inspired by the museum’s current exhibitions at the Katzen Arts Center, 440 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Admission is free with RSVP. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-885-1000.

Carousel Day at Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard in Glen Echo, Maryland, will open the park’s historic Dentzel Carousel for the 2019 season on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a free afternoon of live music, performances, face painting, carousel-themed crafts, a roving magician and, naturally, carousel rides. For details, visit glenechopark.org or call 301-634-2222.

Frühlingsfest at Heurich House

Oktoberfest’s little sister, German for “spring festival,” will be celebrated at the Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW, on Saturday, April 27, from noon to 4 p.m. Participants can purchase beer from Atlas Brew Works and food from Rocklands Barbeque, get their hands dirty beautifying Sonny Bono Memorial Park across the street from the museum, paint botanical watercolors, plant succulents, make flower crowns and take a flora-and-fauna-themed tour of brewmaster Christian Heurich’s Victorian mansion. Admission, including the gardening activities and tour, is $15, $5 for children ages 2 to 10. For details, visit heurichhouse.org or call 202-429-1894.

Aged Woman’s Home Open House

Also on Saturday, April 27, from noon to 4 p.m., the 151-year-old Aged Woman’s Home of Georgetown, 1255 Wisconsin Ave. NW, will host an open house for the public to tour the historic home and learn about the organization’s mission. For details, visit agedwomanshome.org or call 202-333-4385.

Pre-Kentucky Derby Party

The Kentucky Society of Washington’s 38th annual pre-Derby party will be held on Sunday, April 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. at River Farm, 7931 East Boulevard Drive in Alexandria, Virginia. The event includes Maker’s Mark mint juleps, big hats, seersucker, country ham, burgoo, live Bluegrass music, bourbon balls, a silent auction full of great items and a table of Kentucky merchandise. Nonmembers are required to pay 2019 dues. By purchasing a ticket package, attendees agree to assist with one of the set-up/clean-up volunteer opportunities and will be asked to make a small food contribution. Tickets are $65 (free to children under 12). For details, visit kentuckysocietyofwashington.com.

Washington Ballet Free Performance

The Washington Ballet invites area families to a performance on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. of Act III of “The Sleeping Beauty,” depicting the wedding celebration of Princess Aurora and Prince Désiré — with wedding guests including Little Red Riding, the Wolf and Puss in Boots. The free one-hour performance, followed by a Q&A with dancers, will take place at the company’s studios, 3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-362-3606.

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