There's a mix of renaissance culture, murder mystery, and laughs being offered around downtown Washington, D.C., this weekend. You can catch the Eels at the 9:30 Club, put in a marathon run in Reston, head over to Alexandria for a performance of "Dial M," and see one of Michelangelo's famous statues at the National Gallery. There's also comedy performances by Sandra Bernhard and Arnez J to check out, while two authors are on a panel to discuss race and gender issues at Busboys and Poets.
Here's a closer look at some of the great things happening in D.C. and the suburbs this weekend, March 1-3.
Friday-Saturday, March 1-2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, March 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Main Floor, Gallery 11
Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
It's quite rare to see this piece of art in America -- so rare that the last time it was in town was 1949. Now, Michelangelo's David-Apollo is due to return to Florence, as it has been on loan out from the Museo Nazionale del Bargello. The unfinished piece has been in town since mid-December, and Sunday is the last day for the exhibition. The statue provides another fine reason to visit the National Gallery.
The Little Theater of Alexandria
Friday-Saturday, March 1-2, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 3, 3 p.m.
600 Wolfe St., Alexandria, VA
This classic Alfred Hitchcock film was first a play and returns in that format to Alexandria's Little Theater. The film takes a look at how the perfect murder, motivated by a desire to get even for an affair, can go awry, regardless of how devious the planner.
Saturday March 2, 8 a.m.
South Lakes High School
11400 S. Lakes Dr., Reston, VA
You'd better be in good shape for this run. This 10-miler has a time limit of 13:30 miles or a completed race in 2 hours and 15 minutes. There are three water stations, awards for the top overall male and female finishers, and an official Nike Dri-Fit Race T-shirt for all participants. Net proceeds from the race benefit the South Lakes High School Track and Field program.
Saturday, March 2, 7 p.m., 9 p.m., 11 p.m.
1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
Arnez J, former two-season host of BET's Comic View and a one-time Harlem Globetrotter, comes to D.C. The funny man is no quiet, standstill performer. Expect him to act out the real-life characters he knows and get a workout in during the process. This is a special show, so see DC Improv's site for ticket and seating details.
Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m.
The Howard Theater
620 T St. NW, Washington, D.C.
$35 advance, $40 day of show
You can expect great music and forthright comedy at a Sandra Bernhard show and absolutely nothing boring in the process. She'll be performing at The Howard Theater on Saturday with a show that's sure to be frantically paced and may offend a few sensibilities, as is always her intent.
Sunday, March 3, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Busboys and Poets, Langston Room
2021 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
A Continuing Talk on Race (A.C.T.O.R.) is hosting an open discussion with panelists Donna Britt and Nancy Thurston on Sunday. Britt is the author of "Brothers (& me): A Memoir of Loving and Giving," while Thurston wrote "Big Topics at Midnight -- A Texas Girl Wakes up to Race, Class, Gender and Herself." Both books are available at the Busboys and Poets bookstore.
Sunday, March 3, 7 p.m.
815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Eels is one of the most powerful indie acts to swing through town in the past several months. Mark "E." Everett has been making music for a couple of decades, and the group's well-received "Wonderful, Glorious" is likely to be part of the evening's show, as will songs from their long list of albums. But whatever songs are played, it's unlikely anyone will be able to predict what the show will be like, as previous tours and shows have included E. providing free ice cream. But it's probably a safe bet that, as always, the band will have beards.
Shawn Humphrey is a former contributor to The Flint Journal who lives near Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland.
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