This Saturday is the European Union Open House, Train Day at the Postal Museum and the 91st Georgetown Garden Tour (see separate story). The new mashup of the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Music Festival known as JxJ began yesterday and continues through May 26. Don’t forget: Sunday is Mother’s Day, with flower-forward workshops at Milk Bar, the Lemon Collective and the Farm at 55 M Street. For more May events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
JxJ: “A Fortunate Man”
On Thursday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m., as part of JxJ, “A Fortunate Man,” directed by Bille August (“Pelle the Conqueror”), will be screened at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, Maryland. In the 1880s, a gifted but self-destructive young man leaves his suffocating Lutheran upbringing for the milieu of a wealthy Jewish family in Copenhagen. Tickets are $13.50. For details, visit jxjdc.org.
Vintage Aircraft Flyover and Fly-In
On Friday, May 10, around noon, as part of a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, the D-Day Squadron of seven World War II planes will honor veterans by flying over Arlington National Cemetery. The squardron, which will take off from the Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Maryland, around 11:30 a.m., will pass over Manassas and Woodbridge, Virginia; Clinton and Oxon Hill, Maryland; and the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery before heading northwest up the Potomac River back to Frederick, which is hosting a Fly-In on May 10 and 11 for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association 80th Anniversary. Admission to the Fly-In is free. For the complete schedule, visit aopa.org.
‘Amending America: How Women Won the Vote’
The National Archives, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets NW, will present Kate Campbell Stevenson in a one-woman performance on Friday, May 10, at 4 p.m. In the show, Stevenson combines music and theater to tell the story of the early 20th-century fight for the ratification of the 19th Amendment, portraying such renowned women as Abigail Adams, Rose Crabtree and Alice Paul. Tickets are free with RSVP. For details, visit archivesfoundation.org or call 202-357-5000.
Chick Corea & Béla Fleck
On Friday, May 10, at 8 p.m., jazz pianist Chick Corea and banjo master Béla Fleck will perform classic tunes from their catalogs and music from “Two,” their live duet double-album, at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland. Tickets are $35 to $75. For details, visit strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.
Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival
Hosted by NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater, this year’s 24th annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival will take place in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m. Friday’s program, dedicated to prolific pianist and composer Geri Allen, will feature Terri Lyne Carrington, NEA Jazz Master Dave Holland, Maurice Chestnut and Jason Moran. Saturday’s program will feature quartets led by NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen and Renee Rosnes. Tickets are $40 and $50. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
European Union Open House
The Delegation of the European Union to the United States and the Embassies of 28 EU member states to the United States will open their doors to the Washington public during the EU Embassies’ Open House Day on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will provide a unique opportunity to experience each country’s cultural heritage and national traditions. For details, visit events.euintheus.org.
Train Day at Postal Museum
Also on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, will host a free Train Day. Attendees will learn how train conductors use whistle signals to communicate, take part in story time, make a Lego train, ride on a toy steam train, sort the mail aboard the train and “meet” Owney the Dog, mascot of the Railway Post Office. There will also be model trains running in the lobby and atrium. Admission is free. For details, visit postalmuseum.si.edu or call 202-633-5555.
Mercado DC Food Festival
Mercado DC, a unique culinary and cultural experience featuring the colorful flavors and rhythms of Latin America and Spain, will take place on Sunday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Eastern Market’s North Hall, 225 7th St. SE. Along with street food vendors, there will be a Latin DJ and a live Latin band. Tickets are $12 (free for age 16 and under). For details, visit mercadodc.com. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
JxJ: ‘Back To The Jewture’
The six shorts in this JxJ compendium — screened on Sunday, May 12, at 12:15 p.m. at Landmark Theatres E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW — tackle war, spirituality and identity. The 71-minute program includes: “5 Years After the War,” “Alef B’Tamuz,” “Men of Clay,” “Nazi VR,” The Rolling Ground” and “The Warsaw Robin.” Note: There will be a second showing on Monday, May 13, at 6:25 p.m. Tickets are $13.50. For details, visit jxjdc.org.
Bouquets and Rosé for Mother’s Day
On Sunday, May 12, at 1 p.m., an Up Top Acres farmer will provide instruction in arranging two bouquets of rooftop-grown flowers (one large and one small) in Mason jars and share tips and tricks for arrangements and care. While trying their hands at floral arranging, participants will sip rosé, eat light snacks and enjoy the view from the Farm at 55 M Street, 55 M St. SE. Tickets are $60, $100 for two. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Mother’s Day Flower Pounding
In this class, led by the bluest i at the Lemon Collective, 808 Upshur St. NW, on Sunday, May 12, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., participants will learn about a centuries-old Japanese method of dyeing and patterning cloth with flowers called hapa zome (also known as flower pounding). Participants will receive two tea towels and a plethora of flowers to work with. Tickets are $45, $85 for two. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Mother’s Day Flower Arranging
Also on Sunday, May 12, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Holley Simmons of She Loves Me will lead “Bunches of Love,” an hour-long class on basic flower arranging principles at Milk Bar Flagship at Logan Circle, 1525 15th St. NW. All materials and Milk Bar desserts will be provided. Participants will leave with an arrangement in a glass vase. Tickets are $75. For details, visit eventbrite.com.