Weekend Roundup, Feb. 8 – 11

Happy weekend! So many options, including performances by The National Philharmonic and The National Chamber Ensemble. Celebrate Mardi Gras at The Wharf, enjoy a book talk on Phillis Wheatley at Mount Vernon and more.

See The National Chamber Ensemble’s Valentine’s Concert Featuring the Tango
Saturday evening at Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, enjoy a showcase of the Argentinian tango, featuring “Four Seasons in Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla. Guest host for the evening will be Michelle Isabelle-Stark, head of Arlington Cultural Affairs. Musician Leo Sushansky will be featured on violin and joined by cellist Stephen Honigberg and pianist Carlos Cesar Rodriguez. More information can be found here.

The National Philharmonic Presents Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7
National Philharmonic will join forces with conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson for Valerie Coleman’s “Phenomenal Women” and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7. The performance is inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem and book of the same name. The show celebrates five women, including Angelou, tennis star Serena Williams, Olympic boxer Claressa Shields, former First Lady Michelle Obama and mathematician Katherine Johnson. More information on tickets can be found here.

Join the National Museum of Women in the Arts for “Recipe Comics”
Enjoy a session with author and illustrator Robin Ha, who will be teaching a step-by-step process of selecting and filtering personal recipes, then drawing them and creating art inspired by comic books. Ha’s comics and illustrations have appeared in The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. More information on the event can be found here.

Photo courtesy Robin Ha.

Mount Vernon Hosts a Book Talk on Phillis Wheatley
Professor David Waldstreicher will be discussing his book “The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley: A Poet’s Journey Through American Slavery and Independence” this evening. Waldstreicher’s book is a biography of Wheatley. Wheatley is considered to be the first African American author of a published book of poetry. More information on how to get tickets to the talk can be found here.

Celebrate Mardi Gras a Little Early at The Wharf
If you can’t get down to New Orleans for the festivities, The Wharf is hosting their own Mardi Gras celebration Saturday afternoon. Enjoy a parade down Wharf Street, live music, hurricane cocktails at the District Pier Bar, craft stations for kids and more. More on Mardi Gras at The Wharf can be found here.

Photo courtesy The Wharf DC.

Be in the Audience for a Live Recording of “Girl, That’s Scary” at Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Woolly Mammoth Theatre is hosting a live recording of the podcast “Girl, That’s Scary.” Hosts Jazzmin and Kathleen will be chatting about all things sci-fi and horror on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are free, but you must register in advance, which you can do so here.

Photo courtesy Bucklesweet.

Marc Anthony Will Stop by Capital One Arena
Multi-hyphenate singer, songwriter, and actor Marc Anthony will be stopping by Capital One Arena as part of his “Historia” tour. One of Marc Anthony’s most well-known hits is 1999’s “You Sang to Me.” He’s sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. More information on tickets can be found here.

Mark Anthony. YouTube video screen capture.

The 2nd Annual Festival of Spirituals at Mt. Zion
Visit Mt. Zion United Methodist Church for their second annual Festival of Spirituals. The performance will feature Joshua Jenkins on piano, Ronald Walton on organ, Angel Bethea on percussion, Navaughn Martin on wind, and Miles Sam on guitar. Enjoy the blending of jazz and the Negro spiritual Saturday at 5 p.m. More information can be found here.

Celebrate Lunar New Year at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Year of the Dragon will be celebrated at the Smithsonian American Art Museum from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees can enjoy dance and music performances, crafts, traditional Chinese and Korean art demonstrations, photo booth, and face painting for kids 12 and under. More information on the event can be found here








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