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Weekend Roundup July 12, 2012

Independence Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of things to do in D.C. this weekend. No one can resist a thriller. Marvel at the dancing machines of Circue du Soleil as they perform its adaptation of Michael Jackson’s greatest songs at "The Immortal World Tour." For $53 a ticket, grab your fedora, loafers and glittery glove to dance the night away this Friday or Saturday, June 13-14, 8 p.m., at the Verizon Center. On Sunday, June 15, the show starts at 4 p.m. For more information, visit verizoncenter.com. This Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, are the last days to view the Sculpture Now 2012, a juried exhibition that is hosted annually by the Washington Sculptors Group. Here, you can view the different forms and transformations featured in this gallery, including shapes, textures, materials, and contrasts. This exhibition is located on 702 8th St., NW, at Edison Place Gallery. For more details, call 202-872-3396. Interested in a free mash-up dedicated to the art of hip-hop? Join the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival in its celebration of hip-hop with its premiere of “Fat Boy,” a D-Project’s breaking/dubstep dance theater mash-up, July 13 and 14 at 8 p.m., at Dance Place, 3225 8th St., NE. Written and directed by Teo Castellanos, this mash-up portrays the variety of rice rituals in contrast with a variety of art performances to portray conflicts such as scarcity within the world. This event is free to the public and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, visit www.hhtf.org. If philanthropy is more your style, then you’ll love the “DC Cruise For A Cause.” Sip on delicious wine and snack on delectable hors d’oeuvres as you voyage along the Potomac. At just $65 a ticket, all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. With live entertainment and a silent auction, you’re in for a night of elegance, while giving to a great cause. Find out more at dccruiseforacause.webconnex.com Looking for a laugh? Check out The Capital City Showcase this Saturday at The D.C. Arts Center in Adams-Morgan at 10 p.m. Featuring comedian Adam Dodd (of MTV and VH1 fame) and D.C. comedy venue veterans Jeff Hysen, KD the Comic and Tom Myers, you are in for a gaggle of giggles. D.C. native René Moffatt will also provide a musical interlude amidst the hilarity. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 online. More details about the show are available at capitalcityshowcase.com. This Saturday, July 14, the United States Marine Chamber Orchestra will be hosting a summer concert series at 7:30 p.m. This concert, great for music lovers around the area, will be conducted by Capt. Michelle A. Rakers and take place at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall at Northern Virginia Community College -- 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, Va. 22311. Admission is free; no tickets required. For more information, visit www.marineband.usmc.mil. Here are some other events to check out this weekend: Nritya: Rhythms of India July 14th, 2012 at 09:30 AM | Free | information@nationaltheatre.org | Tel: (202) 783-3372 | Event Website The legends and folktales of India are exposed through classical dance featuring rich imagery and stunning costumes. Intricate choreography, facial expressions and movement tell fascinating stories that bring to life the dynamic culture of this magical land. Address The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Corcoran Presents Anima: Charlotte Dumas July 14th, 2012 at 10:00 AM | rcothran@corcoran.org | Tel: 202- 639- 1833 | Event Website For the first one-person museum exhibition in the US by Dutch artist, Charlotte Dumas, she displays portraits centered on the majestic burial horses of Arlington National Cemetery. These Army horses, which belong to the Old Guard, carry soldiers to their final resting place in traditional military funerals. Dumas recently received widespread acclaim for her photographs of the surviving search and recovery dogs of 9/11. Address Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St NW WHUR 96.3-FM's All-White Dinner Dance Party Cruise July 15th, 2012 at 06:00 PM | $96.30 | Tel: 866-302-2469 | Event Website Join WHUR and Spirit Cruises on the Spirit of Washington for a special All-White Dinner Dance Party cruise. In partnership with the National Hand Dance Association and the Metropolitan Steppers Association, Spirit Cruises is hosting a dinner cruise featuring great music, delicious food and, of course, lots of dancing. DJs Lady JC and Dr. Nick will be spinning all the best tunes for Hand Dancing and Stepping, and guests can learn the hottest new Step and Hand Dancing moves on all decks. Address Spirit of Washington, 600 Water Street SW

Weekend Round Up December 18, 2014

CityVision Final Presentation December 18th, 2014 at 06:30 PM | Free Learn more about local middle school students’ exploration of Washington, D.C., as CityVision participants share their view for their city. After studying the basics of urban design and architecture, students from Takoma Education Campus and Raymond Education Campus present their innovative plans for Buzzard Point, the proposed area for a new soccer stadium. Address 401 F Street NW Candlelight Tours at Oatlands December 19th, 2014 at 05:00 PM | $12 adults, $10 seniors & active duty military, $8 kids 6-16, Free to Friends of Oatlands and childr | jstiner@oatlands.org | Tel: 703-777-3174 | Event Website December 13, 19, 20, & 21 5-8 pm. Join us after hours to see the mansion sparkling with Christmas lights and old-fashioned decorations. Candlelight tours are open-house style so you may enjoy at your own pace. Reservations not required. Final admission is at 8pm. $12 adults, $10 seniors & active duty military, $8 kids 6-16, FREE to Friends of Oatlands and children under age 6. Address 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane; Leesburg, Va. 20176 Christmas by the Letter December 19th, 2014 at 08:00 PM | Tickets at the door are $25. Advance tickets at $20 | Tel: 202-271-6680 | Event Website The National Broadway Chorus will present "Christmas By the Letter," an original comedy featuring popular seasonal songs such as: “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Merry Christmas, Darling,” “Last Christmas,” “Chestnuts Roasting (on an Open Fire),” and much more! The show focuses on a family of five (mother, father, adult son, adult daughter, grandmother) as they prepare to host their Christmas party. Luke Frazier directs the chorus. Address Georgetown Lutheran Church; 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW The Gingerbread Chase -- Christmas Theater at Oatlands December 19th, 2014 at 06:30 PM | Adults $12, Children 2-12 $10 | jstiner@oatlands.org | Tel: 7037773174 | Event Website At a bakery known for its beautifully decorated Christmas cookies, the newly baked Ginger cookie feels plain and simple. Ginger runs away, leading to a chase of family and friends in an effort to return the cookie to the bakery. Will fancy decorations bring happiness, or will Santa help everyone see that being special is about what is on the inside, not the outside? See http://stagecoachtc.com/ for tickets and more information. Address 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane; Leesburg, VA 20175 Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon December 20th, 2014 at 05:30 PM | $30/adult, $20/youth | info@mountvernon.org | Tel: 7037802000 | Event Website Ring in the holiday season with sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River at George Washington’s Mount Vernon on Saturday, December 20! For the first time ever, Mount Vernon will open its doors for an evening of holiday-themed fireworks and special programs. Address 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway; Mount Vernon, VA 22121 Christmas in Fairfax With the City of Fairfax Band December 20th, 2014 at 07:00 PM | Free (secure tickets online) | Tel: 703.642.3277 | Event Website Make our tradition your tradition. Join the Fairfax Choral Society and the City of Fairfax Band in a glorious selection of seasonal favorites in this free, annual concert. Address Fairfax High School; 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA 22030 Chanukah Celebration December 21st, 2014 at 03:00 PM | FREE | rabbi@amhatorah.org | Tel: 301-229-2751 | Event Website Live Music: Featuring The Sinai Mountain Boys- A talented foursome of Jewish musicians combining Bluegrass and Jewish melodies! Kid's activities- Arts & crafts, games and a juggling and magic show at 3:30 and at 4:15. Chanukah raffle and refreshments This activity is not sponsored by, associated with, or endorsed by Montgomery County Public Schools or Montgomery County Government. Address Bethesda Elementary School 7600 Arlington Drive Bethesda MD

Weekend Roundup January 05, 2012

Baked and Wired: Live Music Friday January 6th, 2012 at 07:30 PM | Event Website Instrumental trio Sansyou will be performing at Baked & Wired on Friday January 6 at 7:30pm. Sansyou released their debut recording "When We Become Ghosts", in the fall of 2011. David Nicholas (guitar) and Matthew McGarraghy (guitar, percussion, piano), and Davis White (percussion, keyboards) create music that, "eschews the standard soft/loud post rock bombast in favor of a more reflective and tranquil musical path-one that recognizes the quiet power of slowly descending (and ascending) melodies, as well as the gravitational weight of silence itself"-TheVinylDistrict Address 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW WINTERFEST 2012 January 7th, 2012 at 12:00 PM | Free | wybfoundation@gmail.com | Event Website Join When You Believe Foundation, Inc. as we bring in the New Year with card games, board games, musical chairs, and MUCH more. This fun-filled day is sure to be a blast! For kids 5-16, FREE to the public. RSVP via E-mail. Address 24 Kennedy St NW Elvis' Birthday Fight Club January 7th, 2012 at 08:00 PM | 16-20 | info@outofthisworldparty.com | Tel: 202-321-2878 | Event Website Hail to the Ring Elvis' Birthday Fight Club, a 21-and-over performance, celebrates what would have been the King of Rock n' Roll's 77th birthday. Offering “a little less conversation, a little more action, ” old-school heroes duke it out against subversive villains in ridiculous home-grown costumes. Between bouts, burlesque entertainers keep the crowd “all shook up.” Address The Warehouse Theatre 1021 7th Street, NW Washington, DC, DC 20001 Georgetown Flea Market January 8th, 2012 at 08:00 AM | Event Website The Georgetown Flea Market is in the parking lot of Hardy Middle School every Sunday. Vendors offer products including new photography, costume jewelry, antiques, vintage clothes, used furniture and the list goes on. Address Hardy Middle School 1819 35th St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Weekend Round Up April 17, 2014

DC International Film Festival 2014 April 17th, 2014 at 07:00 PM | filmfestdc@filmfestdc.org | Tel: 202-274-5782 | Event Website The Washington, D.C., International Film Festival (Filmfest DC) returns to the nation’s capital for the last time April 17 to 27, 2014, celebrating nearly three decades of bringing award-winning movies to Washington, DC theater-goers. Address Opening night at Mazza Gallerie; 5300 Wisconsin Ave., NW 8th Annual DC Walk to End Lupus Now April 19th, 2014 at 08:00 AM | bwachtel@lupusdmv.org We will walk down Pennsylvania Ave, NW starting at 12th Street down to the capitol and back. It is approximately 1.5 miles total, but you can turn around at any point and not walk the entire distance. We walk rain or shine! No fees. Registration is required. Address 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (between 13th and 12th St. NW) Washington, DC "EGGS-TRAVAGANZA" April 20th, 2014 at 10:00 AM To celebrate the spirit of Easter, the award-winning Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown has organized a fun Easter city-wide egg hunt with various golden-colored eggs places around famous landmarks in the DC area. Each golden egg will contain prizes courtesy of Capella D.C. Address Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown will post a photo on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter the three weekends, leading up to Easter that will provide the public with a hint of the location where the golden egg will be each day. www.facebook.com/CapellaWashingtonDC.Georgetown twitter.com/CapellaDC instagram.com/capelladc Hill Country Barbecue Market April 20th, 2014 at 10:00 AM | Free The Hill Country Easter Bunny will be on-hand throughout the day, and there will also be an Easter egg hunt, open to anyone who would like to participate. There will be eggs and treats--for grown-ups and kids alike--hidden around the restaurant, full of fun & FREE surprises. Hill country will feature its aptly-named Feed Yer Family special all day. Address 410 7th Street NW 42nd bi-annual Messiah Sing-Along April 20th, 2014 at 07:00 PM | FREE! | jrlewisoffice@aol.com | Tel: 703-527-8574 | Event Website For 42 years, Dr. J. Reilly Lewis has provided a bi-annual community Messiah Sing-Along at Christmas and Easter. This is one of the longest running Messiah-Sings in the DC area. On April 20, 2014, Dr. Lewis will lead full orchestra, harpsichord, organ, guest soloists, and the audience in Parts Two and Three of Handel’s Messiah. There is no admission charge for the performance; however, a $20.00 donation is suggested. A reception will follow the evening’s events. Address 606 N. Irving Street; Arlington, VA 22201 Architecture Week 2014 April 21st, 2014 at 08:00 PM | $10 | shawn@dcpr.com | Tel: 202.347.9403 | Event Website Architecture Week 2014 -- April 21 through May 1 An 11-day festival that spotlights DC’s architectural landmarks, neighborhoods, and cultural institutions. Over 20 architecturally-themed building tours, walking tours, book signings, social events, and exhibitions of interest to adults, children, architects, and the public. For details and registration: aiadc.com/ArchitectureWeek Address AIA|DC 421 7TH STREET NW Take an Om Break - Lunch Hour Yoga April 22nd, 2014 at 12:30 PM | Free | Erika.Rydberg@dc.gov | Tel: 202-727-0232 | Event Website Feed Yourself something different on Tuesdays. Join us for ongoing lunch hour yoga at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. Lunch Hour Yoga will take place on Tuesdays beginning April 8th from 12:30 to 1:30. Our wonderful teachers come from different disciplines but are hoping to bring some health to your mind and body during a busy work week. Please bring your own mat. To RSVP for any or all sessions please email Erika.Rydberg@dc.gov Yoga teachers are provided by Yoga Activist. Address 3260 R Street NW

Weekend Round Up June 25, 2015

American Affinities: Pop Art from John Stango June 26th, 2015 at 11:00 AM | Free | morgan@aproof.net | Tel: 202-803-2782 | Event Website Artist’s Proof is proud to announce the unveiling of their upcoming exhibition, “American Affinities: Contemporary Pop Art from John Stango,” which features a compilation of works from artist John Stango starting Friday, June 26th to Sunday, July 19th. Stango builds upon traditional Pop Art imagery while incorporating influential contemporary brands and uniquely American icons to create bold, colorful, and dynamic pieces that resonate with twenty-first century pop culture energy. Address Artist's Proof; 1533 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Guided Garden Tour: Historic & Growing June 26th, 2015 at 11:00 AM | Free-$10 | press@tudorplace.org | Tel: 2029650400 | Event Website This lively walk traces the history and horticulture of centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and abundant English boxwood across the 5½-acre landscape. Learn how Tudor Place’s design reflects its Federal-period origins and how land use changed over time. Identify species cultivated here over two centuries, and see how four owners and six generations cared for and embellished their land as Georgetown and the Federal city developed. Address Tudor Place Historic House and Garden; 1644 31st Street NW Book Hill Dog Parade June 27th, 2015 at 8:00 AM | free | Tel: 202-944-2753 At the annual Dog Parade and Show, in Georgetown’s Book Hill Park, dogs will meet Uncle Sam, strut in the parade, and compete for prizes (best costume, best couple, best trick and others). The event is open to the public. Rain date: June 28. Address Book Hill Park is located behind the Georgetown Library at the corner of Reservoir Road and Wisconsin Avenue. Garden Party June 27th, 2015 at 11:00 AM | free | art@liveanartfullife.com | Tel: 540-253-9797 | Event Website Live An Artful Life® Gallery will host a floral celebration of art with their show “Garden Party”. The show will feature artwork depicting a garden theme from a group of talented artists residing in Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The public is invited to vote for their favorite painting for the People’s Choice Award. An opening party is planned for the evening of June 27th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Show runs June 27 through July12, 2015. Address Live An Artful Life Gallery; 6474 Main Street; The Plains, VA 20198 Mosaic Live June 27th, 2015 at 05:00 PM | FREE | mmcgarry@edens.com | Event Website Join us the last weekend of June for a special FREE concert weekend presented in partnership with Jammin’ Java! Saturday Night: From 5-9 p.m., will feature food and drink from Mosaic partners, including DGS and Sisters Thai and concerts by -Brain Stew, A Tribute to Green Day (6pm-6:45pm) -Good Time Boys, A Tribute to the Red Hot Chili Peppers(7pm-8pm) Sunday Morning: From 11am – 2pm, will feature local family favorites -Rocknoceros (11:30am-12:20pm) -Rainbow Rock (12:40pm-1:30pm) Address Mosaic District; 2910 District Avenue; Fairfax, Virginia 22031 El Centro D.F. Brings Back Its Popular Guacamole Festival June 29th, 2015 at 11:00 AM | $12.55 to $14.75 | Tel: (202) 328-3131 | Event Website Richard Sandoval’s vibrant Taqueria and Tequileria, El Centro D.F., is pleased to debut its popular Guacamole Festival, which will run June 29th through September 30th, 2015. The Festival will feature different flavors that highlight various regional experiences of preparing guacamole. Dating back to Aztec times, the traditional Mexican dip was comprised of avocado, onion, chilies, fresh tomato, and salt. Address 1819 14th Street, NW Tudor Tots: Summer Fun in the Sun June 30th, 2015 at 10:00 AM | $5 per child. Free for adults | Tel: 2029650400115 Tudor Place has enchanted young children for almost two centuries. Experience it yourself on family-friendly Tuesday mornings, joining others to read, sing, and play in the picturesque gardens. Each week introduces a new theme, from “adventurous animals” to “growing gardens” and more. Children enjoy interactive read-alouds, songs, and themed movements related to the week’s topic, sharing a shady green and tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them. Address 1644 31st Street NW
Girl scouts spell USA at last year's parade.

Weekend Round Up June 30, 2016

Here comes the Fourth: fireworks by land and sea, plus the National Independence Day Parade and "A Capitol Fourth" (fireworks-free dress rehearsal on Sunday)...

Fall Whisks Its Frisky Optimism, Despite Distractions

Fall, brisk, as normal as average but a little bit better, came to town, getting weather folks to shut up about storm fronts and severe weather warnings. The weather was acting like autumn weather does, full of change, a frisky optimism. That’s what it felt like in Washington: it was a fall signal without the dying leaves doing their much-heralded twirls to the ground. It was more like a beginning or, at least, a respite. Because in Washington in the Year of Our Great Divide, 2012, it remains an election year marching irresolutely toward a resolution in November, a spell of good weather like this seemed over a weekend like a return to normalcy where we bless the average, everyday offerings of urban living. After all, there was baseball, the Nationals, and a star quarterback on the Washington Redskins who seemed to be fulfilling his promise right before our eyes. And, as one local writer somewhat irreligiously put it to us, a panda cub had been born onto us. This event which had occurred the previous weekend put a certain buoyancy in the air, because we vividly remembered the female panda’s last cub, the remarkable Tai Shan who had left us for a preserve in China not that long ago, and who was still tremendously missed. With the announcement of the unexpected birth, instant memories of Tai Shan and his star power, and the thousands of stuffed panda toys that were sold upon his arrival came to mind. The newcomer, who appeared to be healthy, had no name yet, per Chinese tradition. Everyone referred to him as butter stick, which was about the size and description that fit the tiny cub, often referred to, rarely seen. All this non-political news made the fall weekend special, the kind where you could start your Friday sitting at a Starbucks, or your local café, drink latte or regular, and watch the family of man drive by, run by and bike by, more often than not. You took a taste of normal into your life—the yard sale signs, the sales at Safeway—not so much at Whole Foods. On the other hand, it was between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. So, Jewish food with its potato latkes, dumplings and soups appeared in the delis to our delight. In the neighborhoods of our cities, there was no lacking for things to do: in Dupont Circle, they held a street fair on 17th Street which meant traffic troubles but brought out man and beast and fried chicken smells and local artisans and artists, a pause in the day of running from dry cleaner, to hardware store to grocery store. The new performance arts season with concerts, and plays and operas and dancing in abundance. Our park, by Adams Mill Road, along with the dog park, the soccer field and the basketball courts were busy. Elsewhere, you could go to the National Mall and get your fill of books and writers, authors and bloggers and poets in the willing flesh for the annual National Book Festival. You could come to city’s annual Latino festival, with a festive parade of nations which opened your eyes wide to the diversity of the Hispanic world. This city, in weather like this, revealed itself in the way a body does to singer John Mayer -- as a wonderland. On Sunday, we bought sweet nothings at Heller’s Bakery and exercised our walking feet all over Mount Pleasant. I spent some time on the phone later with my son, who lives in Las Vegas, and we talked about things and memories we hadn’t talked of in some time, for no reason except that it seemed right. I think the weather made you feel safe to do things like that. And yet, sunlight, and a breezy wind which might incline you to dance or sing can be deceiving. If you turned on your television, computer or whatever screen which feeds you like a succubus with information, those uninvited guests in your living room, your house or your phone were never far away. I mean, of course, those fine ladies and gentlemen running for elected office, who approved those ads not done by SuperPACs or other interests groups. I especially mean Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, who drop by with the regularly of an uncle looking for a free meal. On NBC News's "Meet the Press" Sunday, something of a food fight threatened to break out among the round table participants as Republican strategist Bay Buchanan got into an argument with Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough, a conservative himself. Later in the evening, CBS News's "60 Minutes" had lengthy interviews with Romney and Obama (separately), which were revealing for not really revealing anything. Have to wait for the debates. By then, the balloon of optimism in the air had burst. The Redskins, on a track to give up, oh, I don’t know, one thousand points this year, gave up another 30-plus and lost again to Cincinnati 38-31, and the Nationals, although still with a magic number of six, and owning a clinched playoff sport, managed to lose two of three to Milwaukee. And the panda cub died. I was following scores on the net when I saw it, short and terse: “Panda Cub at the National Zoo Dies.” “Oh, no,” I yelled aloud, and I’m sure it was part of a collective sigh. No one knows exactly what happened. Today, it was learned that the cub had a liver problem. The mother behaved perfectly as she is wont to do as a mother. The cub with no name was gone. “It was devastating,” the director of the National Zoo said. It was the week of anticipation, free and clear, that made this news so hard to bear. It’s not that we knew the little cub intimately or had even had a glimpse of him. We knew it already. He would have been the second coming of Tai Shan, the panda rock star spreading magnetism and stardust around like he had done with such ease. It’s hard because pandas are endangered, because the mother had a number of failed pregnancies and because Pandas have difficulty breeding and reproducing. It’s hard because they are also, no other word for it, enchanting. We all remember the triumphant Tai Shan making his debut in front of a hardened press corps at the National Zoo, a group of journalists who were turned into instant blubber. He was a performer whether trying to navigate a tree branch in front of a crowd or diving into his birthday cake. He was a boost, a gift, a boon for the National Zoo in monetary ways, but also a boost for all of us in this city, and everyone who visited the city. The last time I saw him, he was clambering up a hill, his bottom fur sporting pink frosting after he sat in his birthday cake. That’s what was dancing before our eyes when the announcement of the new cub came. And that’s what disappeared like a stone when the news of his passing came. Fall, though remained, the air still bright as the next Sunday, the next good news. In my front yard, a black squirrel who lived among the three houses around us, suddenly turned around, looked at me and stood up. Not once, but three times. I mention this because it was a rare thing. Squirrels in this neighborhood run from people unlike the squirrels on Capitol Hill, who have picked up the habit of begging for nuts and treats the way the politicians they live among troll for votes. At a time like this, you take comfort in what presents itself, however modest.

Weekend Round Up July 7, 2016

"Chinamania" after hours at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, an elegant evening at the Embassy of Barbados and 1930s horror films at the National Gallery of Art...

Weekend Round Up July 25, 2013

Smithsonian After-Hours July 25th, 2013 at 08:00 PM | $15-25 | Event Website Introducing the Smithsonian's premier 21+ after-hours event series: a unique mix of culture, art, history and science that also includes music, a cash bar, and special access to Smithsonian exhibits, collections, and experts. Address Smithsonian's S. Dillon Ripley Center; 1100 Jefferson Drive SW Union Market Drive-In: The American President July 26th, 2013 at 09:00 PM | Event Website Union Market will host Washington D.C.’s first drive-in movie experience, which will screen on Fridays. Watch classic Washington D.C.- centric films on Union Market’s 3-story wall. Pre-show festivities will include music, contests and special giveaways. A variety of Union Market vendors will also participate, serving food, drinks and fun snacks. The DC Drive-In is free to attend, however reservations are suggested for cars. Don’t have a car? There will be a picnic area in the parking lot for bikers and walkers – no reservations are required for the picnic area. Address Union Market; 1309 5th Street NE Drink the District: Beer Edition July 27th, 2013 at 11:00 AM | $30 | media@drinkthedistrict.com | Tel: 304 280 6530 | Event Website Drink the District is back and better than ever with our second annual Beer Edition. Come celebrate our one-year anniversary on July 27th and 28th at Mount Vernon Triangle, with unlimited tastings of 50+ craft beers and full pours available to all attendees. Ten of the District’s most popular food trucks will also be joining us, as well as live music and brew-tastic backyard games. So grab your friends and put on your party hat, and revel in the best birthday beer bash DC has to offer. Address 500 New York Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20532 Elizabeth Huey: Hydrotherapy at Heiner Contemporary July 27th, 2013 at 11:00 AM | 0 | info@heinercontemporary.com | Tel: 202-338-0072 | Event Website](http://heinercontemporary.com/exhibitions/elizabeth-huey-hydrotherapy) Heiner Contemporary is delighted to present Hydrotherapy, an arrangement of new, small paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Elizabeth Huey. The history of psychology and human attempts at manufacturing happiness have long informed Elizabeth Huey's practice. This new work exchanges sanitariums and institutions for resort spas, treatment centers and secluded getaways. We are here most days in August, but please call in advance to be certain: 202-338-0072 Address 1675 Wisconsin Ave NW Arts, Culture & All Things Pink! July 27th, 2013 at 05:00 PM | $125 | Event Website](http://vippinkparty.eventbrite.com/) CharityChicks US and We Will Survive Cancer are co-hosting a garden party for The Children's Inn at NIH in the urban garden of the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown. We will be creating a whimsical garden party honoring several little girls who are currently battling rare cancer. Our theme this year is "Art, Culture & All Things Pink"! Address Ritz Carlton Georgetown; 3100 South Street NW 15th Annual Opera Gala Concert July 28th, 2013 at 05:00 PM | The admission is $25 | Tel: 202-723-1659 | Event Website](http://theariaclub.homestead.com/) The Aria Club of Greater Washington, a 501 C 3 nonprofit organization for classical and opera singers, presents its 15th Annual Opera Gala Concert . This celebration will feature national and local professional and aspiring opera singers: Jennifer Hosmer, Adrienne Neal, Samantha McElhaney, Jing Chang, John White, Malaika Alvaro, Hillery Tsumba, Yubin Hung, Rose Sims, Paul McIlvaine, Reafealito Ross among others. Hear selections from Carmen, Die Fledermaus, Don Pasquale, La Boheme, Manon, Otello, Porgy & Bess, Rigoletto, Romeo & Juliette and many others. English Surtitles. Ample seating and free Sunday parking on 16th Street NW and side streets. Please come as you are and bring family and friends for an enjoyable evening ! For more information call 202-723-1659 and visit www.theariaclub.homestead.com Address Tifereth-Israel Congregation; 7701 16th Street NW South Capitol Street Corridor Project Informational Update Meeting July 30th, 2013 at 06:30 PM The DDOT will hold an informational meeting to update the public about the design, phasing and schedule of the largest project in its history- the South Capitol Street Corridor Project- which includes replacing the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and transforming the city's southernmost entrance into a grand urban boulevard. Address Capitol Skyline Hotel; 10 I (Eye) Street SW

Weekend Round Up April 24, 2014

Cultural Leadership Breakfast featuring Jenny Bilfield May 22nd, 2014 at 08:00 AM | Tickets $20 ($15 for George Town Club members) | richard@georgetowner.com | Tel: 202. 338.4833 | Event Website Join us for the Georgetown Media Group's next Cultural Leadership Breakfast featuring Jenny Bilfield, President & CEO of Washington Performing Arts. The event will take place Thursday, May 22, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the George Town Club, 1530 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. The cost is $20 ($15 for George Town Club members). To RSVP by May 16, please email Richard@Georgetowner.com or call 202-338-4833. Address George Town Club; 1530 Wisconsin Avenue, NW The Casey Trees Canopy Awards April 24th, 2014 at 06:30 PM | Early-Bird Registration: $45; At-the-Door Registration: $55 | development@caseytrees.org | Tel: 2028857311 | Event Website On Arbor Day Eve, the Inaugural Casey Trees Canopy Awards will honor some of the most dedicated people and projects working to restore, enhance and protect trees across the metro D.C. area. There will be no shortage of fun throughout the night as we treat attendees to great food, drinks, live music and games. There will also be a silent auction filled with incredible items and amazing package offers. All proceeds will support Casey Trees tree planting and education initiatives across the region. Address DOCK5 at Union Market; 1309 5th Street NE Book Talk: John Taliaferro, "All the Great Prizes" April 24th, 2014 at 06:00 PM | $10 | SMiraminy@savingplaces.org | Tel: 202-829-0436 x31232 | Event Website John Taliaferro, author of “All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt,” examines the extraordinary life of John Hay on Thursday, April 24 2014 at "Cottage Conversations" at President Lincoln’s Cottage. “Cottage Conversations” offers a relaxing evening to socialize and learn something new about our 16th president in his Washington home. The program starts with a cocktail reception, is followed by the lecture and concludes with a book signing. Address President Lincoln's Cottage; 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW Twentythirtysomething Book Club April 24th, 2014 at 07:30 PM | Free | erika.rydberg@dc.gov | Tel: 202-727-0232 | Event Website Are you a local D.C. reader between the ages of 21 and 35? Looking for a more casual book club experience? Then join the Georgetown Neighborhood Library for Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.), a new book group for younger adults (just featured in Daily Candy -http://www.dailycandy.com/washington-dc/article/171174/Washington-DC-Events-and-Diversions). For our April selection We'll be discussing the book "Gulp". For more information and to RSVP please check out our MeetUp.com page. Address Breadsoda; 2233 Wisconsin Ave NW Parisian Sidewalk Sale for the 11th Annual French Market April 25th, 2014 at 10:00 AM Georgetown’s 11th Annual French Market returns to the charming Book Hill neighborhood on upper Wisconsin Ave, between P Street and Reservoir Road, on Friday and Saturday, April 25th & 26th, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The two-day event will bring fashion finds from local boutiques, traditional French fare, quaint home and antique shops, and live music. The Georgetown French Market is hosted and sponsored by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID). Address Upper Wisconsin Ave, between P Street and Reservoir Road MOMIX Botanica April 25th, 2014 at 08:00 PM | Tel: (202) 785-9727 | Event Website With an eclectic score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi, Botanica shows off the endlessly renewable energy of the superb MOMIX performers, with costumes, projections, and custom-made props and puppetry adding an extra dose of fantasy to the elixir. This is dance at its most organic and inventive. The seasons will never be the same. Presented by Washington Performing Arts, GW Lisner Auditorium and CityDance. Address GW Lisner Auditorium (731 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052) Happy Hour with 5x5 Artists April 25th, 2014 at 05:30 PM | Free Join DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Washington Project for the Arts in an Artist Happy Hour with 5x5 artists Nora and Eliza Morse. Hear about the world they will create for 5x5 and enjoy a free happy hour to mix and mingle with other artists. Address Capitol Skyline Hotel10 I (eye) street SW Annual Christ Church Art Show and Sale April 26th, 2014 at 11:00 AM | Free Attend the Annual Christ Church Art Show and Sale, Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Address Christ Church Georgetown, 31st and O Streets, NW Oatlands Spring Gala 2014 April 26th, 2014 at 07:00 PM | Tables of 10 available at $2000. Individual tickets available at $225. | tmcneal@oatlands.org | Tel: Trish McNeal at 703-777-3174 x15 | Event Website A wonderful evening of dining and dancing under an elegant tent on the front lawn of Oatlands' 1804 mansion. Silent and live auctions with one-of-a-kind items and adventures. Black-tie. Cocktails at 7 pm & Dinner at 8 pm Address Oatlands Historic House and Gardens; 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane; Leesburg, VA 20175 Rueda de la Calle DC April 26th, 2014 at 01:00 PM | FREE | frisco714@gmail.com | Tel: n/a | Event Website Please join us for some solid Rueda de Casino dance time at Dupont Circle on Saturday, April 26th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm for Rueda de la Calle DC. Address Dupont at the Circle; 1604 19th St. NW Jackson Art Center Children's Painting Workshops April 26th, 2014 at 03:00 PM | Free | jacksonartcenter@gmail.com | Tel: 301-654-7113 | Event Website Georgetown's Jackson Art Center invites families to its Open Studios Preview Day: Two painting workshops for younger and older children, plus open artists studios to roam around. The Saturday Preview is held the day before Jackson's main Open Studios on Sunday. Both Open Studios events are free and open to the public. No reservations required, all materials supplied. Address Jackson Art Center; 3050 R Street, NW Tango! Soul and Heart: A Celebration of Argentine Music and Dance April 27th, 2014 at 05:00 PM | $15-$75 | choralarts@choralarts.org | Tel: 202-244-3669 | Event Website Tango! Soul and Heart begins with two spiritual pieces. Lamentations of Jeremiah is a sacred a cappella motet by Alberto Ginastera. The centerpiece of the concert is Luis Bacalov's Misa Tango, a mass with Tango rhythms. The second half find singers and dancers performing Tango. Experience the passion of the Tango - the soul and heart of Argentina! Address The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; 2700 F Street NW