Saturday, May 4, is a day for dipping into chocolate, drinking margaritas, dancing ’round the maypole and donning your Star Wars best. This weekend’s performances include opera at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Bach oratorios at the National Presbyterian Church, a Charlie Parker tribute at Dumbarton Church and a contemporary dance piece at the National Portrait Gallery. For more May events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Spring Days of Design
On Thursday, May 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., Design Within Reach, 3338 M St. NW in Georgetown’s Design District, will host “Talking Design,” a free reception and panel discussion with DC by Design’s Jennifer Sergent and designers Joe Ireland, Elizabeth Kannan and Nicole Lanteri. This event is part of the Spring Days of Design, continuing on Friday, May 3, in and around the Cady’s Alley interior design showrooms. For details, visit georgetowndc.com.
Fruity Beauty Event at L’Occitane
At this first-access preview event — Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5, at L’Occitane, 3106 M St. NW in Georgetown — customers can try and buy lip scrubs, lip balms and lipsticks that are part of L’Occitane’s juicy, fruity lip care collection. A limited-edition gift is included with any $65 purchase. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For details, call 202-337-6001.
‘An Evening at the Opera’
The vocal and instrumental departments at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW, will present “An Evening at the Opera,” featuring costumed senior vocalists accompanied by a chorus of underclassmen vocalists and a full pit orchestra. Performances are Friday, May 3, at 10 a.m. and Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the shorter Friday show are $15 and $5 for students. Tickets for the Saturday show are $25 and $5 for students. For details, visit ellingtonschool.org.
Comedy at the Barns
The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road in Vienna, Virginia, will present Wolf Trap’s 32nd annual comedy evenings, with comedy club-style stand-up shows featuring Brad Upton, Tammy Pescatelli and Steve Mittleman on Friday, May 3, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $28. For details, visit wolftrap.org or call 703-255-1900.
Chocolate Festival at French Embassy
The DC Chocolate Festival, featuring more than 30 vendors, will return to the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW, on Saturday, May 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. In addition to tastings, the festival offers film screenings, book signings, talks and workshops for kids and adults. Admission is $20. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
May Revels at National Cathedral Flower Mart
On Saturday, May 4, at 3:30 p.m., Washington Revels will parade to the sound of the “Noisy Band” as part of the All Hallows Guild Flower Mart at Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. A free afternoon of merriment including traditional dances, singing games, a silly play and a maypole dance will follow. For details, visit revelsdc.org.
Dance Performance at Portrait Gallery
The Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company will give a free performance of “Tracings,” a work that explores the physical and spiritual journey of the Korean immigrants to America who settled on Hawaiian plantations in 1903, on Saturday, May 4, at 6 p.m. at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW. For details, visit npg.si.edu or call 202-633-8300.
Art Museum of the Americas Spring Fiesta
The Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW, will celebrate the spring season on Saturday, May 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with food, margaritas and Mexican music by soprano Fabiola Rossillon and guitarist Tito Dorantes. Tickets are $45. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Star Wars Day Dance Party
On May the 4th, also known as Star Wars Day, Scorpio Entertainment will transform the lobby of Reagan National Airport’s historic Terminal A in Arlington, Virginia, into a spaceship-inspired cosmic dance party. The event, from 7 to 11:30 p.m., will include an open bar, live entertainment, views of the runway, glow wear for all guests, a social media projection wall and a galactic light show. Tickets are $65. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Dumbarton Concerts: Turtle Island Quartet
Also on Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m., the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet — violinists David Balakrishnan and Alex Hargreaves, violist Benjamin von Gutzeit and cellist Malcolm Parson — will perform “Bird’s Eye View: The Legend of Charlie Parker,” paying homage to the legendary alto saxophonist, at Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. Tickets are $42 ($39 for seniors). For details, visit dumbartonconcerts.org or call 202-965-2000.
Maria Pinto Pop Up
A pop up featuring fashions by contemporary American designer Maria Pinto will run from Saturday, May 4, through Tuesday, May 14, at 1254 Wisconsin Ave. NW in Georgetown. From precious couture to collections made from high-tech fabrics, Pinto’s work mirrors the ways in which women have engaged in the larger community. For details, visit georgetowndc.com.
Easter and Ascension Oratorios
On Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m., the Washington Bach Consort will perform Easter and Ascension oratorios by Johann Sebastian Bach at the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. The soloists will be soprano Katelyn G. Aungst, mezzo-soprano Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury, baritone Richard Giarusso and a tenor to be announced. Tickets are $10 to $69. For details, visit bachconsort.org or call 202-429-2121.