01 Mar 2012

The To Do List

Last night on H

Photo by Alex Barth, via Flickr

Happy March to you all. “In like a lion?” Not so much.

While our local weather has been utterly wonky, we do know that this month will present us with opportunities to both watch basketball and drink green beer. Nothing else is guaranteed, as far as I can tell.

So let’s live in the moment..or as far as this coming weekend is concerned…moments?

Since I’ve been doing nothing else, I’m not even going to pretend I have a clue as to what else is happening around town.The INTERSECTIONS festival opened last weekend, and despite not having a day off in weeks, it was a pretty great beginning. I even got to see some fantastic performances (and got my picture taken with Avatar’s Col. Quaritch.) If I were you, I would think about getting tickets to tonight’s performance of Liner Notes by B-Fly Entertainment. This homage to the lost art of the album liner note comes courtesy of the talented Paige Hernandez who performed her autobiographical Paige in Full to packed houses (and one Cabinet member) at last year’s festival. This show has only one slot so you can not wait. No joke.

Friday night, You Tube sensation singer-songwriter and ukelele player Julia Noones performs at the Red Palace at 8pm. Tickets are $10/$12 at the door.  I’d never heard of her until this very moment, but she’s adorable and that song is awfully catchy.

If your Fridays get a bit more funky, DCypher dance, Joy of Motion Dance Center’s resident hip-hop troupe performs at 9:30 back at the Atlas and the whole audience is invited to stay and for the after-party which takes places right on the stage. Cash bar is available. And if you come, prepare to work because when it comes to dancing these people bring it.

Saturday it is supposed to rain so get your culture on at any one of your local arts emporiums. It’s your last chance to catch The Gaming Table at the Folger, which Maria really seemed to dig. The Family Day at the Intersections festival will have lots of fun activities and performances. Get a sitter and come back for some Indian dance, short plays about Washington’s lost stories (another book perhaps, Robert?), or some gorgeous bodies performing gorgeous dances gorgeously.

There is something about watching dance that makes me want to join in. Mercifully, I am usually able to restrain myself, although I could not resist a bit of awkward stomping/arm flailing after catching a flamenco show on Sunday. That is sad. Don’t let that happen to you.Take an intro to tango class at the Hill Center. The class is from 1pm to 2pm and you can register here.

Sunday back at the Atlas there is a lovely concert uniting classical Indian music with world music, a dance piece about H Street itself and a one-man retelling of the Frankenstein story from the perspective of the Creature.



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