Weekend Round Up, April 7 – 10

After a rainy week, the weekend promises to be sunnier and drier. Enjoy outdoor events like the National Cherry Blossom Parade and a letterpress making presentation, or perhaps take in some art at the National Gallery of Art’s new exhibit. Whatever you choose to do, have a wonderful weekend! 

Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy is Hosting an Open House Tonight 

This evening from 4-8 p.m., there will be an open house at the Dumbarton Oaks Conservancy in honor of the centennial anniversary of Dumbarton Oaks. Artist Sophia McCrocklin will be on hand to debut an art exhibition, “Ferns of Dumbarton.” Don’t worry if you can’t make it tonight though, the exhibit will be displayed through June 23. Note: the event will be at the Writer’s Center at 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. More information on tickets can be found here. 

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade— This Saturday! 

If you’re a fan of parades, this one doesn’t disappoint. Along Constitution Ave. NW, this Saturday 10 blocks will be transformed into a parade of perfection. Grand Marshal Laz Alonso is the star of the Amazon Prime series “The Boys.” Taylor Dayne of the 1980s hit “Tell it To My Heart” will be performing, as will The Voice 2021 runner-up Wendy Moten and American Idol third-place winner Grace Kinstler. More information on the parade can be found here. 

Letterpress It Up on Book Hill 

There will be a free outdoor letterpress demonstration by ABCDC artist Jesse Kirsch this Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Participants can create their own free letterpress coaster on an antique 1960s printing press. You can catch the event at Book Hill, at 1666 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Kirsch’s own piece of art is on display as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s public art exhibition “Art in Bloom.” More information on tickets can be found here. 

“Enchanted Rhapsody” at National Landing: Taylor Swift vs. Queen 

“We Will Rock You…Belong with Me…” Yes, the Edgewood String Quarter is performing a live set of Taylor Swift versus Queen songs this Saturday from 4-7:30 p.m. Enjoy specialty drinks and food from restaurants like RAKO and others. The event at National Landing is outdoors but registration is required to attend. You’ll want to “Break Free” from the winter cold and “Fearless”ly dive into spring! Okay, done with the puns, I promise. More information on the event can be found here. 

The Choral Arts Society of Washington and Washington Performing Arts Bring “Living the Dream… Singing the Dream” 

This Sunday at 7 p.m., the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the combined gospel choirs of Washington Performing Arts are presenting the annual “Living the Dream… Singing the Dream” event (rescheduled from January 30). The performance will pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Choral Arts Society will also present the 2022 Humanitarian Award to LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter. The event will be at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. More information on tickets can be found here. 

“Afro-Atlantic Histories” at the National Gallery of Art 

“Conversation, 1981” is an oil canvas from the Estate of Barrington Watson in the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston. Photo courtesy NGA.

Beginning April 10, “Afro-Atlantic Histories” takes a deep look into the cultural formations and historical experiences of Africans and African Americans since the 17th century. Check out over 130 works of art including photos, sculptures, paintings and more. The exhibit was initially shown in 2018 by the Museu de Arte de Sao Paula in Brazil as “Historias Afro-Atlanticas.” More information on the exhibit, which runs through July 17, can be found here. 




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