We're wrapping up the Cherry Blossom Festival sans blossoms this approaching weekend in Washington, D.C., but there are still plenty of cultural events worth checking out.
A futuristic adaptation of Voodoo Macbeth can be found in Arlington; Lorton is hosting the Asian Arts and Culture Day; and the final weekend of a ground-breaking art exhibit closes Saturday in Brentwood, Maryland. The psychedelic rock scene will emerge at the Black Cat, while Jammin' Java checks in with two pioneers of punk from the New York Dolls and Sex Pistols. Kids can check out "James and the Giant Peach" in Bethesda, while adults can see what's new with the Wayans brothers downtown.
Here's a closer look at some of the things going around the metro D.C. area this weekend, April 5-7.
Friday-Saturday, April 5-6
Brentwood Arts Exchange
3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD
This is the final weekend for a production that began to mark Black History Month in February. Two- and three-dimensional artwork developed by members of Black Artists of DC (BADC) is on display and is focused on showcasing the vision of generations of local artists, including the ideas of the present.
Friday, April 5, 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 6, 2:30 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 7, 2:30 p.m.
The American Century Theater at Gunston Arts Center
2700 S. Lang St., Arlington, VA
$35 to $40
Macbeth has famously been told in Haiti through an adaptation by Orson Welles in 1936. This more modern retelling of "Voodoo Macbeth" is instead set in future Scotland. The all-male cast portrays Christian marines stationed in Scotland in 2033 after more than a decade of war and seeks to show what happens after Macbeth discovers local spiritual practices.
Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Workhouse Arts Center
9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
The Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of the friendship between America and Japan, and it is appropriate that there's an Asian Art and Culture Day focus at the Workhouse Arts Center.
The celebration includes origami workshops and film, displays of traditional culture, brush painting demonstrations, Asian art, culture, food, and music.
George Mason University's Japanese studies program offers "The Magic Fan," a Japanese play, and there will be a number of ceramic artists hosting an Ikebana exhibition.
Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m; Sunday, April 7, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m.
4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD
$10 to $25
Children ages 4 to 10 will enjoy Roald Dahl's tale of James Trotter, a lonely orphan with two cruel aunts who make him toil relentlessly in their home by the sea. One day, he receives a bag of magic that includes a giant peach, talking bugs, and an opportunity to set sail over the ocean.
The story has been adapted by David Wood and was directed by Janet Stanford. It's the opening weekend for this classic children's tale.
Saturday, April 6, 9 p.m.
1811 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
The Black Angels hail from Austin, a town that prides itself on "staying weird." You'll get to check out some of their trippy sounds inspired by a mix of the Velvet Underground, psychedelic rock guitars, and a vocalist whose voice evokes Jim Morrison's more ethereal moments. Prepare for a wall of sound. Opening for the Black Angels are Allah-Las and Elephant Stone.
Sunday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, VA
$15 or $20 day of event
Glen Matlock was the original Sex Pistol, the bassist who preceded Sid Vicious and later went on to work with Vicious in The Vicious White Kids and on his own in Rich Kids, now The Phillistines.
Sylvain Sylvain was the New York Dolls' rhythm guitarist from 1971 to 1977, when the group split. He's currently performing with his band, The Batusis.
The pair are performing in an "Acoustic Anarchy Spring Tour," and they stop by Jammin' Java this weekend. Opening for the pair are Dot Dash, a local post-punk pop band.
Sunday, April 7, 10:30 p.m.
1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
Fans of "In Living Color," "White Chicks," "Dance Flick," "Little Man," and the first two films in the "Scary Movie" franchise will recall the creative, slapstick comedy style of the Wayans brothers. The two got their start in Keenan Ivory Wayans' film "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka" and moved on to the family-run show "In Living Color" shortly after.
Shawn Humphrey is a former contributor to The Flint Journal who lives near Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland.
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