Weekend Roundup, March 23 – 26

Another weekend awaits! Enjoy springtime in D.C. with signature events like the Blossom Kite Festival, find some delightful food and drink at the Spring Wine Fling and take in some visual and performance art at Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center and more.

See Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches 

Arena Stage is hosting Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning drama “Angels in America.” One of the great epic American plays of the last century, the story tells the tale of couples Louis and Prior and Harper and Joe. Hungarian director and filmmaker Janos Szasz will stage the play in-the-round 30 years after its premiere on Broadway. More information on how to get tickets can be found here.

The NatPhil Chamber Series: Bonds & Price will be at the Mexican Cultural Institute Sunday 

Enjoy a relaxing concert of chamber music curated by concertmaster Laura Colgate at the Mexican Cultural Institute Sunday afternoon. The program includes performances with music from African American composers Florence Price and Margaret Bonds. The NatPhil Chamber Series is a pay-what-you-can presentation. More information can be found here.

Fill Yourself with Joie de Vivre at Fete de la Francophonie at La Maison Francaise 

A festive gathering of 20 embassies organized by the Smithsonian Associates and The Embassy of France is this Friday from 7-11 p.m. at La Maison Francaise. Enjoy food and drink samples, dance, art and other traditions from the French-speaking world. Countries participating include Armenia, Romania, Madagascar, Haiti and more. More information on the event can be found here. Salut!
















Opening this Weekend at The National Museum of African American History and Culture: Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures 

The NMAAHC is opening a new exhibit this weekend that will explore the concept of Afrofuturism. Hear from the voices of authors, artists, musicians and scholars in an interactive exhibit. The nearly 4,500-square-foot experience includes multimedia displays and hundreds of images and videos examining Afrofuturism’s growing global influence. More information on the exhibit can be found here.

Image from Smithsonian’s “Afrofuturism: The Origin Story.” Courtesy Smithsonian.

Cheers! Don’t Miss the Spring Wine Fling 

The Spring Wine Fling has returned, running through March 31. Presented by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, the event includes special two-course dinners at restaurants throughout the region with expertly paired wines. $55 prixe-fixe dinner menus will consist of an appetizer, entrée and two wine pairings. Participating restaurants include il Canale in Georgetown, Moon Rabbit, Convivial, Central Michel Richard and more. For the full list and more information, click here.

The D.C. Spring Wine Fling from RAMW is happening now. Courtesy WineflingDC.

Let’s Go Fly a Kite… At the Washington Monument this Weekend 

The annual Blossom Kite Festival is Sunday at The Washington Monument. Spend an afternoon enjoying all things kites, including meeting Mr. Mikio Toki, a master of Edo-style kites who is traveling from Japan to show off his work, performances and demonstrations by the local Wings over Washington Kite Club. Sakura Taiko Fest at Sylvan Theater, produced by Miyako Taiko will be showcasing traditional Japanese drumming. More information on the event can be found here.

A scene from a previous Blossom Kite Festival. Courtesy National Cherry Blossom Festival.

RiverRun at The Kennedy Center Has Begun 

Running now through April 22, RiverRun at The Kennedy Center will forge a path through the venue’s stages, halls and terraces, as well as REACH’s green spaces, linking the Center to the Potomac. The artistic path will include performances from musicians, actors, dancers, authors, filmmakers, chefs and visual artists. The event began on March 22 (World Water Day) and will end on Earth Day, which is April 22. More information on all the festivities, including a festival brochure, can be found here.

The RiverRun festival at The Kennedy Center is happening now in honor of World Water Day and Earth Day.

Visit Holy Trinity Church for “A Lenten Evening of Prayer and Song” 

This Friday, join the Georgetown University Chamber Singers and Holy Trinity Triduum Choir for “A Lenten Evening of Prayer and Song.” The program will feature choral anthems of the season, including two Lenten motets by Francis Poulenc and choral and instrumental pieces by composers Josef Rheiberger, Blake Hensen and more. More information can be found here.


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