15 Jun 2017


To Do: Weekend of June 15th – 18th

Halcyon Stage presents Philip Glass’ Fall of the House of Usher at Dock 5 @ Union Market Saturday night

It’s Father’s day weekend so for those who can/must/choose to celebrate get the cards in the mail now and procure some grillable treats. We will host my in-laws but I’m a vegetarian and I can’t be trusted to grill meat so my spouse will have to do the honors while I supply the rest. Dads like quinoa right?

Menu planning aside, what else will we be doing this weekend?

Tonight at East City Books author Chris Sharp reads from his latest fantasy novel Cold Counsel which features elves, trolls and witches and the conflicts between these species. The reading begins at 6:30 and is free. Learn more here.

DC Jazz Festival’s Jazz ‘n the Hoods series comes to the Hill Center with a performance by Haitian-Cuban influenced Quiet Life Mambo featuring Afro-Cuban percussionist Felix Contreras and electric violinist David Schulman. NPR nerds may know Contreas from his day job with its Alt-Latino program. The concert begins at 7pm and tickets are $15. Get them here.

Friday at the Atlas Performing Arts Center Slavic Soul Party! performs their unique mix of gospel, techno, funk, dub, jazz, and Latin influences as well as Balkan and Gypsy influences to recreate Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite. The concert begins at 8pm and tickets can be purchased here.

The DC Jazz Festival takes the stage for the free Friday night concert at Yards Park at 6:30pm.

Saturday bring the family to the Arboretum for Family Garden Day at the Washington Youth Garden. They will be kicking off Pollinator Week with Feed a Bee by restoring Washington Youth Garden’s pollinator garden. All are welcome to join Washington Youth Garden staff to experience the garden with games, crafting activities, garden tours and vegetable tastings. Learn more and register here.

Halcyon Stage brings its production of the Wolf Trap Opera in Philip Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher to Dock 5 at Union Market for one performance only. Doors open at 8pm and the performance begins at 8:30pm and will be followed by a reception to meet the artists at 10pm. Tickets are $40. Learn more here.

Sunday instead of a half-assed attempt at meat cooking, such as I have planned, take Dad to the Hill Center for a proper Father’s Day Sunday Supper. Chef Wendi James will prepare and demo the whole deal. The menu features Fried Chicken and yummy sounding sides with Chocolate Cream Pie for dessert and Lemonade with an optional bourbon add in. All you need to do (besides paying of course) is bring a picnic blanket. Dad will be impressed with your creativity and class. Register here.

Need other gift ideas? Check out Maria’s Father’s Day gift guide for lots of ideas that you can get right here on the Hill!

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