06 Mar 2014

To Do

No BS! Brass performs at the Atlas Saturday night to close out the INTERSECTIONS Festival.

No BS! Brass performs at the Atlas Saturday night to close out the INTERSECTIONS Festival.

There is still snow on the ground but the air no longer hurts my face so perhaps spring is nigh? Let me know, will you? I’m staying inside to watch True Detective until the weather sorts itself out. It’s warm in Louisiana…

For the rest of your more reality-based readers, here is what there is to do this weekend:

Tonight make your mother/sibling/children happy by attending a Social Security Planning Session at the Hill Center. Certified Financial Planner Howard Pressman leads an informative seminar that will cover the basics of Social Security and reveal strategies for maximizing your benefits. Can he turn on the time machine and convince me not to take Drama EVERY semester in high school?? Those improv skills can come in handy later in life but they’re not putting anyone through college. Sigh. The lecture costs $25 and runs from 7pm to 9pm. Register here.

It’s the annual Acquisitions Night at the Folger Shakespeare Library. From 6pm to 8pm, you can browse and adopt recent additions to the Folger collection during our annual benefit for the acquisitions endowment. Rare books, manuscripts, and works of art will be on display with Folger curators and librarians on hand to answer questions. A buffet dinner will be served in Great Hall. Tickets are $100 and you can learn more about the event here.

Friday begins the FINAL weekend of the INTERSECTIONS Festival at the Atlas and once again you have tons a great events to attend. Local film festival DC Shorts is screening the top films from the past ten years; Bowen McCauley performs modern dance by local choreographers; NO BS! Brass is an awesome brass band out of Richmond that will have the audience on its feet;  spoken word artist Goldie Deane takes a look at culture and identity for the 30-something set in Feminine Folklore; and Quynn Johnson returns with her family-friendly show about a tap dancing horse, Lucky’s Tap Dancing Feet. Something for everyone, I’m telling you!

At the Hill Center their Friday night documentary series continues with Parrot Confidential: a story about parrots as household pets. After the films the audience will have the opportunity to chat with filmmaker Allison Argo via Skype. (Technology!) The screening begins at 7 pm, but you must register in advance here.

Saturday, check out the St. Mark Players and their production of An Inspector Calls, the classic drawing room mystery by J.B. Priestely. Performances are at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. The show runs March 7 – 22 and more information can be found on their website.

The Capitol Hill Art League opens its latest juried exhibit, titled The Shape of Things. The opening reception is from 5pm to 7pm at Capitol Hill Arts Worksop. There will be remarks at 5:30 by juror Kate Fraser and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and more information can be found here.

Jen DeMayo is Director of Community for the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

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