Weekend Roundup, April 25 through April 28

Happy White House Correspondents’ Dinner Weekend! In addition to those events, there is plenty more to do including a new exhibit and ballet at The National Portrait Gallery, Mount Vernon’s spring plant and garden sale, Carousel Day at Glen Echo Park and more.

It’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner Weekend!
The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner is this weekend. There will be multiple pre-parties leading up to the main event, which will be Saturday evening at the Washington Hilton. This year’s host is SNL’s Colin Jost. More information on the event can be found here.

Bonjour to the French Market
The annual Georgetown French Market comes to the streets of Book Hill Friday through Sunday. Over 35 boutiques, restaurants, salons and galleries will be displaying discounted wares for up to 75% off. There will also be lots of food and drinks specials and of course, plenty of French fare. More information can be found here.

The National Portrait Gallery Introduces “Brilliant Exiles: American Women in Paris, 1900-1939”

Josephine Baker by Stanislaus Waléry, gelatin silver print, 1926. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Visit The National Portrait Gallery for their opening weekend of an exhibit that shines light on the accomplishments of 60 unusual women who pursued professional and personal goals in Paris. The “exiles” were foreigners who escaped limitations at home to thrive in fields like art, literature, fashion, journalism and music. Featured women include Zelda Fitzgerald, Isadora Duncan and Gertrude Stein. More information on the exhibit can be found here.

Also this Weekend at the Portrait Gallery: “Glacier: A Climate Change Ballet”
In conjunction with the Portrait Gallery’s “Forces of Nature: Voices that Shaped Environmentalism” exhibition, the Moveius Contemporary Ballet will be performing “Glacier: A Climate Change Ballet” in the Kogod Courtyard. The ballet will explore contemporary issues and stories through dance. More information on the ballet can be found here.

Strathmore and Washington Performing Arts Collaborate for a Concert Friday
Friday evening, visit The Music Center at Strathmore for “Terence Blanchard with the E-Collective, Turtle Island Quartet and Andrew F. Scott Fire Shut Up in My Bones: Opera Suite ain Concert.” The performance will feature opera singer Justin Austin and soprano Adrienne Danrich. “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” is Blanchard’s second “opera in jazz.” Note: the performance contains incidents of sex assault and child abuse and may not be appropriate for children or young teens. More information on the show can be found here.

Mount Vernon’s Spring Plant and Garden Sale Blooms This Weekend
Shop for flowers, fresh vegetables and herbs, trees, and more grown in Mount Vernon’s greenhouses at the annual sale. Members get early bird shopping Friday afternoon, but the general public can shop Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information on the sale can be found here.

Check Out “The Bigger Picture: Natural Wonders” at The National Museum of Women in the Arts
Grow your knowledge of women’s contributions to the history of Western art with the National Museum of Women in the Art’s monthly program series. This month, “The Bigger Picture: Natural Wonders” explores curious women who looked to the natural world for artistic inspiration. Director of Education and Interpretation Deborah Gaston will lead a discussion. More information on the event can be found here.

Take a Spin at Carousel Day in Glen Echo Park

Courtesy of Glen Echo Park.

Celebrate Glen Echo Park’s 103-year-old Dentzel Carousel with a festival Saturday. There will be music, dance, storytelling and plenty of family-friendly activities. Carousel day performers include longtime park partner Story Tapestries, who will share a musical storytelling performance, and The Line Dance Addicts, who will host a free line dance class for all ages. There will be lots of food on hand too, as well as carousel rides, of course! More information on the festival can be found here.

Georgetown Library Friends’ Used Book Sale is This Weekend
Georgetown Library Friends is hosting a used book sale at the lower level of the Georgetown Branch Library. Saturday, adult hardcovers will be $4, paperbacks will be $2, and children’s books will be $2 and under. Sunday, all books will be half price or fill your own shopping bag for $10. More information can be found here.

Clean Up Book Hill Park Saturday
Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m., meet at the intersection of Reservoir Rd. and Wisconsin Ave. NW, just below the Georgetown Library, to clean up Book Hill Park. Bring gloves, trowels, clippers, or rakes if you have them. Alternatively, contributions to the park are welcome to be made here.





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