Weekend Round Up August 1, 2019: Let Them Eat Oysters!

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Blue Point, Virginia Oysters - Plank Seafood - Old Market, Omaha. Photo by Shelby L. Bell

During National Oyster Weekend, from Friday, Aug. 2, through Monday, Aug. 5 (National Oyster Day), more than 80 participating restaurants in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. — including Martin’s Tavern and Tony and Joe’s — will donate 10 cents from every oyster sold to the Oyster Recovery Partnership. For the complete list of participating restaurants, visit nationaloysterday.org. For more August events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.

Grand Opening: Uprising Yoga Center
Uprising Yoga Center, a center for healing and growth located at 3212 O St. NW, will celebrate its grand opening from Thursday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 4. At an open house on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., there will be refreshments, raffles and special membership offers. For details, visit uprisingyogacenter.com or call 202-849-2837.

Final Performances: ‘The Band’s Visit’
Based on an Israeli film, “The Band’s Visit,” winner of Best Musical and nine other Tony Awards, celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all. Final performances are: Thursday, Aug. 1, and Friday, Aug. 2, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 3, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $129. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.

Art Walk at Glen Echo
As part of its free series on the first Friday of the month, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard in Glen Echo, Maryland, will host an Art Walk on Friday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitors can watch artists work in their studios, look at art in the Popcorn, Stone Tower and Park View Galleries and take in a “Casual Concert” by the Washington Conservatory of Music. For details, visit glenechopark.org or call 301-634-2222.

Grand Opening: Diaspora Expressions Expo
Also on Friday, Aug. 2, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., there will be a grand opening at the Embassy of Haiti, 2311 Massachusetts Ave. NW, for the Diaspora Expressions Expo, a postmodern art exhibition. The free event will feature Haitian-inspired hors d’oeuvres, rum-infused cocktails, wine, music and an opportunity to meet and connect with the participating artists. Advance registration is required. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

World’s Fair at DAR Museum
On Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors to the DAR Museum, 1776 D St. NW, will experience the excitement, innovation and wonder of a c. 1900 World’s Fair, with inventions and games of the period and booths representing a variety of countries and cultures. Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors can register for programs to earn a badge. Admission is free. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Asian American Literature Festival at LOC
On Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE, will host four events as part of the Asian American Literature Festival. Speaking and reading at 10 a.m. will be novelist Monique Truong; poets Jennifer Chang and Cathy Park Hong will lead a session from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; poet Arthur Sze will speak and read at 2 p.m.; and poets Kazim Ali and Ching-In Chen will lead a session from 3:30 to 5 p.m. These events are free with RSVP. For details, visit loc.gov or call 202-707-5000.

‘I Do’ Wedding Event
Georgetown Main Street will present a free curated afternoon for prospective brides and grooms on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Upon check-in at the Sovereign Alleyway, 1206 Wisconsin Ave. NW, guests will receive a District Doughnut and a map of business along the Wisconsin Avenue corridor offering special activities and discounts. Four storefronts will host scheduled programs: Skincare and Beauty at Take Care at 11:30 a.m.; Groomsmen at Sid Mashburn at 12:30 p.m.; Wedding Wellness at Local Meditations at 1:30 p.m.; and Specialty Cocktails at Via Umbria at 2:30 p.m. Those registering in advance will receive a welcome bag full of gifts and special deals. For details, visit georgetownmainstreet.com.

Water Lantern Festival
On Saturday, Aug. 3, as the sun begins to set, festival-goers will watch their unique lanterns, adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams, drift out onto the Potomac at National Harbor, Waterfront Street and St. George Boulevard in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The festival, which runs from 4 to 9:30 p.m., will also include food, games and music. Tickets are $40 ($35 in advance). For details, visit waterlanternfestival.com.

Sarah McLachlan with the NSO
Triple Grammy winner Sarah McLachlan, writer and singer of hits including “Angel” and “I Will Remember You” and founder of the Lilith Fair Tour, will perform with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road in Vienna, Virginia, on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $105. For details, visit wolftrap.org or call 703-255-1900.

Behind the Scenes at Union Station
On Sunday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon, Atlas Obscura will offer a family-friendly, behind-the-scenes tour of Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Participants will learn the secrets of Daniel Burnham’s 1907 architectural masterpiece, climbing steps and looking into areas not normally open to the public, and hear what’s being done to preserve the station for years to come. The meeting location will be emailed and free vouchers provided for the Union Station parking garage. Advance tickets (required) are $26. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Cherish the Ladies at AMP
One of the top traditional Celtic ensembles in the world, Cherish the Ladies, led by All-Ireland flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, will share its virtuosic musicianship, vocal harmonies, captivating arrangements and exhilarating step dancing on Sunday, Aug. 4, at 3 and 7 p.m. at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Avenue in North Bethesda, Maryland. Tickets are $25, $30 and $35. For details, visit ampbystrathmore.com or call 301-581-5100.

Washington International Piano Festival
As part of the free Millennium Stage series at the Kennedy Center, the Washington International Piano Festival will return to the Kennedy Center for solo and group performances by selected participants on Sunday, Aug. 4, and Monday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. Hosted by the Catholic University of America, the festival seeks to provide a learning experience by engaging participants and observers in master classes, lectures and performances. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.

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