16 Mar 2017


To Do: Weekend of March 16th – 19th

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and may the luck of the Irish be with us all.

I’m not sure what you’ll be doing this weekend but you’ll find me wandering the aisles of the new H Street Whole Foods clutching my bags of vegan pork rinds and selecting treats from the mochi bar while sipping a local beer. How about you?

Tonight at the Hill Center, Washington National Opera company member Jarod Lee performs selections from operas about boxers, Joe Louis, Emile Griffith and Muhammad Ali. The performance, entitled Smoke of the Sting, tells the stories of these men who endured the truth that being titled ‘Champion’ did little to stop the public’s disquiet at their prominent ‘otherness’. The event is free and begins at 7 p.m. Register here.

Friday morning at 9:30 a.m., Union Market hosts a chat with the former director of the Washington Ballet, Septime Weber. The chat will cover Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Sounds tame, but caused rioting in Paris when it debuted a century ago. This is the first in a series of coffee talks with the choreographer. The full schedule is here.

Friday is also St. Patrick’s Day and since pretty much all of us are Irish, feel free to celebrate. One hopes your days of drinking green beer are behind you. If that is not the case, well… bless your heart. The Star and Shamrock on H Street will open at 8am for full Irish breakfast and will run drink specials all day with the televisions tuned to March Madness coverage.The Dubliner opens its doors at 9 and from 9 to 10 a.m., you can buy a Guinness for 43 cents to mark The Dubliner’s 43 years of celebrating this solemn saint’s day.

Saturday, Freed Bodyworks hosts a workshop on Decision Making With Confidence. Teacher Vega Subramaniam will teach you the skills to make better and more confident decisions. The workshop is $20 and begins at 1pm.

That evening, the Atlas welcomes theremin master Rob Schwimmer. Schwimmer also is a pianist and virtuoso in both classical and jazz creates a unique sound. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20-$32.

Sunday is St. Joseph’s Day but few around here celebrate it, which is so wrong. In the New York area, Italians give it a go and the traditional Jersey bakeries churn out these treats in honor of the guy who stepped in and taught Jesus all he knew about woodworking.

In lieu of pastry, Transparent Productions presents Grammy-nominated bassist and composer Stephan Crump at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. There are two performances at 7 p.m. and 8:30pm and tickets are $20.

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