20 Mar 2014

To Do

Magician Max Major performs at the Atlas Saturday evening.

Magician Max Major performs at the Atlas Saturday evening.

So it looks like we have some decent weather this weekend, so what shall we do before the next snow?

Tonight get the skinny on  the rise of Hilary Clinton at the Hill Center. Journalists Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen, the authors of HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton will chat with Bill Press about Hilary’s rise from spurned spouse to the lead contender for the 2016 Democratic nomination. The free talk begins at 7 p.m. and you can register here.

Friday night at the Hill Center the weekly documentary series continues with Battle for the Elephants  which explores the brutal slaughter of African elephants for their tusks, fueled largely by China’s demand for ivory. The film begins at 7 p.m. and is free. Register in advance here.

The Folger presents the Folger Consort’s Le Jardin Chinois, an exploration of 18th-century French music’s fascination with all things China in the works of Rameau, Marais, and others. With soprano, violinist, harpsichordist, erhu, and traverse flute. The concert will be performed all weekend, and on Friday there is a free preshow discussion with arts-lover, Robert Aubrey Davis.  Tickets and more information can be found here.

Saturday The Welders present their very first full production at the Atlas. The Welders are a group of prominent DC-based playwrights, who grew tired of waiting for others to produce their work. They have joined together with the idea of producing one full production a year. The first play is The Carolina Layaway Grail by Allyson Currin, a story about a contemporary woman who goes on a quest to find her grandfather’s beloved “Grail.” Performances continue through April 5th and ticket are available here. 

Magician Max Major takes the stage at the Atlas for two shows on Saturday. He sold out Living Social’s stage for six months straight, and he wowed the crowds at the Atlas gala in the fall.  For better or worse, he inspired my 11-year’s old’s obsession with magic. He’s pretty great, and his show is lots of fun. His promo video and tickets can be found here.

Sunday get ready for Opening Day and go behind the scenes at National’s Park! The tours begin this weekend and continue every Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.,  and on Saturday and Sundays at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.. These tours times continue until Opening Day on April 4th. Each tour takes about 90 minutes. Check out the PNC Diamond Club, the Lexus Presidents Club and the Stars & Stripes Club, plus the luxury suites and The Shirley Povich Media Center. There are on-field visits too; the Nationals dugout, the visiting team clubhouse (subject to availability) , the Nationals bullpen (and even a practice pitch). Tours cost $15 per person with a reduced price for seniors, kids, military, and students. Ticket can be purchased online or at the box office, or at the kiosks outside the park.

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