It's the Cherry Blossom Festival and Easter weekend here in Washington, D.C., the most spring-filled festivities one can have in this city at any given time. That may mean massive headaches when trying to get into town, thanks to the tourists, but as we locals know, there aren't a lot of blossoms to see right now due to a particularly cold spring.
But cheer up! There's still great indie music like Here We Go Magic at the Hamilton and a free show with Andy Akiho at the Kennedy Center. A dramatic theater piece, "Proof," closes this weekend; comedian Kevin Pollack comes to town; and there are a good selection of Easter egg hunts and craft activities throughout the city. The following are just a selection of some of the fun things happening in and around downtown this weekend, March 29-31.
Theater On The Run
Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, 8 p.m.
3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA
This 2000 David Auburn play examines mental illness and the fears of a young woman that she may have inherited both not only her father's mathematical genius, but also his burden of mental instability.
The performance closes this weekend, so be sure to get your tickets for the final nights now.
Friday, March 29, 8:30 p.m.
600 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Mellow out with the easy-going indie folk sounds of Here We Go Magic, a group with a quiet acoustic sound betrayed by more haunting vocalizations. They'll be at the Hamilton, where the New Yorker five-piece will have Swear and Shake opening for them.
Friday, March 29, 8:45 p.m.
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
$10 online, $12 cash at the door
There's an Easter egg hunt on at the Strathmore Mansion with "You, Me, Them, and Everybody," the local talk show. Includes a square dance, crafts explosion, and comedy. Presented by the Strathmore, this Friday Night Eclectic is described as an "alterna-lounge scene with art, artists, and cool drink specials."
Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, 10:30 p.m.
1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
Made famous for his parts in "The Usual Suspects", "A Few Good Men," and "Casino" and his killer impressions, including William Shatner and Christopher Walken, Pollack is well-known as both a great stand-up comedian and a dramatic actor. His show at the DC Improv is at a fair price, and he should be able to impress and entertain with his tales of showbiz from the "How I Slept My Way to the Middle" tour.
Pollack also has 8 p.m. shows each of these days, but those shows were sold out at this writing.
Saturday, March 30, 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
1001 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
No question, this will be a less densely packed Easter egg hunt than the White House Easter Egg Roll, and there will certainly be more presidents on hand -- though, to be fair, they'll all be made of wax.
Madame Tussaud's will have over 5,000 hidden eggs to seek out in the President's Gallery, with Easter baskets provided and photo ops with bunnies. The bunnies will be live, unlike the presidents, so your kids should definitely appreciate that photograph. Children under 12 will be allowed in free at a maximum of four children per adult.
March 30, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Washington Monument grounds at Constitution Avenue and 17th Street NW
The Cherry Blossom Festival is well underway, even if the blossoms are a bit in hiding this weekend. No matter; Washingtonians can enjoy a kite flying festival on the Mall this Saturday by watching demonstrations and kite battles or just setting up a spot in the family field.
Sunday, March 31, 6 p.m.
The Kennedy Center
2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
This composer/percussionist defies traditions with his unique take on the steel drum and classical music. His most recently available album to listen to on Spotify, "No One to Know One," weaves musical tapestries out of what the ear thinks of as Caribbean percussion but is then forced to reconsider, thanks to Akiho's musical constructions.
Shawn Humphrey is a former contributor to The Flint Journal who lives near Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland.
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