Weekend Round Up, Jan. 6 – 9

Happy new year! Despite Covid cases rising, lots of options to have fun safely may be enjoyed this weekend. Take your mind off things with The Prom at the Kennedy Center or have a laugh with comedian Wanda Sykes at the Strathmore. It’s also the last weekend for an exhibit at the Phillips Collection, a poetry seminar with the Smithsonian and afternoon tea at the Willard. 

Are You Going to the Prom? Relive Your High School Days at the Kennedy Center 

The hit Broadway musical “The Prom” has come to the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre now through Jan. 16. Of the original Broadway show, Variety said it, “has laughs, tears and joy… in a clash-of-cultures hoot that earns a big Broadway corsage.” The musical inspired a recent Netflix adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden and more. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up during these often-crazy times, check out this show. Keep pandemic vaccination and mask requirements in mind. Ticket information can be found here. 

Laugh with Wanda Sykes at the Strathmore  

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a good live stand-up comedy routine. Wanda Sykes has been at it for years, with special guest starring roles on shows like Blackish and movies like Bad Moms. Sykes will be at the Strathmore tomorrow evening at 8 p.m. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test is needed to attend this event. More information on the show can be found here. 

See the Last Weekend of David Driskell’s Phillips Collection Exhibit 

Visit the Phillips Collection this weekend for the last few days (through Sunday only!) of artist David Driskell’s exhibit. He is best known for his vibrant honor of the beauty and spirituality of the American landscape. The exhibit at the Phillips Collection features over 50 works, including paintings, collages, prints and drawings. Driskell reminds us that the creative works of Black people are an essential part of American art. Driskell — who sadly died of Covid complications in 2020 –received his BFA from Howard University in 1955 and MFA from Catholic University in 1962.  More information on the exhibit can be found here. 

David Driskell’s “The Temptation in the Garden” is part of the featured art at the Phillips Collection ending this weekend. Photo courtesy Phillipscollection.org.

What Art Thou Doing This Weekend? Taking a Weekend Poetry Seminar with the Smithsonian!

The Smithsonian Associates are offering an all-day poetry seminar Saturday from 10 to 3 p.m. online. If you’ve always wanted to take a deep dive into poetry in an interesting way, there are talks on everything from ancient to Medieval poetry to romantic and modern poems. Muses studied include Dante, William Wordsworth, T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare and more. Register for the seminar here. 

Dahling, You Could Have Afternoon Tea at the Willard This Weekend

The Willard Hotel offers afternoon tea Fridays through Sundays in January from 1-3 p.m. (with a 90-minute dining restriction). This tea is best known as one of the top-ten places to have afternoon tea like a royal by The Travel Channel. Tea from J’enway Tea Company is served along with finger sandwiches, delicious pastries and fresh-out-of-the-oven scones. Don your finest hat and round up your best friends for a delightful afternoon! Note: if you’re not comfortable dining in-person, The Willard offers afternoon tea to-go. More information on afternoon tea can be found here. Scone be a great time!

The Willard Hotel is hosting afternoon tea on weekends in January. Photo courtesy washington.intercontinental.com .












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