What to Do Around Washington, D.C., This Weekend: May 17-19, 2013

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It should be warm this weekend, May 17-19, for Washington, D.C., though we might see some rain showers or thunderstorms, according to forecasts. No matter what the weather, though, there's lots going on in and around D.C. -- read on for details.

Winemaker Tasting: Chris Gambitsis From Lake Chalice, New Zealand

Friday, May 17, 7 p.m.

1309 Fifth St. NE, Washington, D.C.


If you're already downtown, why not try a glass of 2011 Marlborough Pinot Noir? This wine, compliments of Lake Chalice Winery, will be offered at a discount price, as will four other Lake Chalice wines at Union Market. Note that you must be 21 years or older to sample.

Jesus at Guantanamo

Friday-Saturday, May 17-18, 7:30 p.m.

DC Arts Center

2438 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

$18, $15 seniors and students, $12 members

As the play's title suggests, audience members are asked to consider what it would be like if Jesus were captured in the Middle East as an unlawful enemy combatant and detained at Guantanamo Bay. With an at times humorous take on serious subjects, Matthew Vaky's character explores the nature of torture and his time with biblical figures such as Peter and Mary Magdalene.

Fourth Annual Semper Fi 5K

Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m.

Anacostia Park, Washington, D.C.


The Semper Fi Fund benefits Marines, Sailors, and members of other armed forces who were injured in post 9/11 combat or training. Proceeds also help families of those affected who have hospitalization and recovery financial issues.

This year's race at Anacostia Park will be capped at 1,000 participants, so get in your registration now. National park regulations prohibit same-day registration. The final day for registration is Friday, May 17.

Art Museum Day

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Corcoran -- 1200 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts -- 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

The Phillips Collection-- 600 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C.


In celebration of Art Museum Day, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Corcoran, and the Phillips Collection will all be free to visitors during their usual visitation hours on Saturday. Normally ranging in admission price from $10 to $12, you can check out these private collections that are often missed by Smithsonian visitors downtown.

Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party

Saturday May 18, 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Embassy of Sweden

2900 K St. NW, Washington, D.C.

$15, $5 for children under 15

If you're missing a taste of Europe and want to be part of the fun of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, the Swedish Embassy has a treat for you. Check out the fun, snacks, and bars set up for party-goers who want to cheer for their favorite country this year. You'll find six large high-definition screens are available for viewing, courtesy of last year's contest winner, Sweden, which is also the host country for this year's competition. Your admission pays for one drink.

Juniper Lane

Saturday, May 18, 9 pm.

Iota Club and Cafe

2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA


D.C.'s Juniper Lane brings radio-friendly pop rock to the Iota Club, featuring the vocals of Vivion, a clear-voiced singer with an echo of Paramore's Hayley Williams defining her style. Also performing at the Iota Club are fellow local musicians Ditched by Kate, a five-piece alternative rock group. Ditched by Kate will perform songs from their newly minted debut album, "Nostalgia."

Soundbites -- Music, Food, Change

Sunday, May 19, 1 p.m.

9:30 Club

815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.


Admission to this year's Soundbites gets you access to seven musical acts, a mixology contest, and food tastings from area food trucks and restaurants. Performing acts include Lee Fields and the Expressions, DEATHFIX, DJ Will Eastman, The Razz, Kid Congo and His Kid Congo Power Hour, Richard Morel's Hot Sauce, and Batala. Proceeds benefit the DC Central Kitchen, a job training and healthy food anti-poverty and anti-hunger organization.

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