Weekend Round Up (May 20th)


Despite Richard Selden’s leaving us to move up north, we are continuing his weekend roundup tradition. This weekend, the Strathmore Children’s Chorus is hosting a virtual concert, the Spy Museum is back in person, and PassportDC is running with events through May 31st.

The New Spy Museum Mini Exhibit

Don’t miss the International Spy Museum’s mini pop-up exhibit “Codes, Ciphers & Mysteries: NSA Treasures Tell Their Secrets,” ending May 31st. The exhibit displays key artifacts, explores codemaking and codebreaking, and presents other items on loan from the NSA’s National Cryptologic Museum. The new, expanded Spy Museum at L’Enfant Plaza opened in May 2019. The museum is currently open and advance ticket purchase is recommended.

Round House Theatre—Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up

This one-woman play by Oscar-nominated author Lucy Alibar is a love letter to growing up in the South and to family. Imagine a small Florida farmhouse on a watermelon field where the sound of Sam Cooke is on the radio and the weather is hot and humid. The show explores Alibar’s childhood through a series of vignettes, as a fourth-grader and later as a part-time legal secretary. The show runs through May 30th.

The Strathmore Children’s Chorus Virtual Concert

If you want to feel energized and happy about the pandemic ending, you’ll want to RSVP to this virtual, pay-what-you-can concert. The Strathmore Children’s Chorus has been busy with virtual rehearsals and individual voice lessons. The concert includes an a cappella version of “A Whole New World” from Aladdin and an arrangement of the gospel hymn “The Storm is Passing Over.” There will also be music from Latin America with Ernani Aguiar’s “Salmo 150” from Brazil and “Salseo” from Venezuela by Oscar Galian.

National Cathedral: Online Vigil of Hope

On Friday, the National Cathedral is hosting an online event acknowledging the tough year behind us with the global pandemic and the hope of the year ahead. You can watch the event at 8 pm via the Cathedral’s web site or on YouTube. Also, keep an eye on the Cathedral’s site for tickets to artist Michael Pendry’s “Les Colombes” exhibit, a winding column of over 2,000 origami doves in the grand nave. Tickets are limited and most are sold out right now, but there are some left!

PassportDC: Now Through May 31st 

Cultural Tourism DC hosts the annual month-long “journey around the world” highlighting the city’s international community and its cultures and traditions. The event is typically celebrated in the month of May and this year, you can enjoy presentations and events from home. This weekend they feature a Korean Film Festival DC 2021 and “Julie Chen: True to Life,” an exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Vintage Circular Fashion Pop-Up

A vintage collection is on sale at the Concept 31/M pop-up called “VintageVulgar.” Their Instagram is very ‘80s-heavy, and you know what they say, everything old is new again. If you’re in need of some shoulder padded jackets or high-waisted pants, check it out. They open Friday and close June 5th.

Bike to Work Day

If you’re back to work in the office, the Georgetown BID is sponsoring their annual “Bike to Work Day.” This Friday from 7-11 a.m., stop by their pit stop in Georgetown Waterfront Park where there will be complimentary refreshments and bike-themed giveaways. Even if you’re not working in-office, the BID encourages those out and about in the neighborhood to check it out.

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