08 Mar 2018


To Do: Weekend of March 8th-11th


Cheick Hamala Diabate closes out INTERSECTIONS this weekend. Photo by María Helena Carey via Flickr.


Greetings, humans. Are we doing okay? Some of us are slogging through a little bit. Shall we?

Tonight, jazz guitarist Julian Lage performs a free concert at the Library of Congress. Grammy-nominated guitar virtuoso and composer Julian Lage is touring is support of his new album, Modern Lore which focuses on the groove, building his melodies and solos around the work of the rhythm section of double bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Lucky us can catch this show for free at the LOC. Register in advance here.

Whiskey Charlie, on the penthouse floor of The Canopy Hotel at The Wharf, is hosting a series of whisky tastings honor of Irish-American Heritage Month. Tonight those whisky pros from Jameson will be hosting a Hoppy Hour featuring their new IPA Caskmates series.

Friday, the Hill Center presents ilusha ცინაძე as part of its Global Sounds series. Georgian-born singer and guitarist Ilusha Tsinadze brings his multicultural sound to the stage using his contemporary and unique take on Georgia’s venerable music traditions. The concert begins at 7p.m. and tickets are $15. Get yours here.

Auction fan? Don’t miss out on the fun at the Capitol Hill Cluster School‘s auction! Details here. 

Saturday is the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and much of the neighborhood will be on lockdown. Plan your day in advance, friends. After watching other people exercise, go celebrate all things Irish at the Wharf. From 2 to 6 p.m. enjoy bagpipers, a beer garden, Irish dancers, live music, and some other f family-friendly activities. The free festivities take place on the District Pier and 7th Street Park.

Seeking peace, quiet and books? Go to Capitol Hill Books. From 4 to 7 p.m., enjoy complimentary wine and cheese as well as 10% off your book-shopping trip. Just don’t ask them if they have a whole bunch of books with “green covers.”

That evening at 9 p.m., Cheick Hamala Diabate closes out the INTERSECTIONS festival at the Atlas. The concert event will feature oral history, dance, and song, sharing Malian history and legends with his audience. Hamala is a storyteller who follows in the West African Griot tradition. He is also a world-renowned master of the African n’goni, a plucked string instrument similar to a lute. His band includes bass, sax, bass, sax, djembe drum, guitar, drum kit, and more. Tickets are $25.

Sunday, celebrate Women‘s History Month at the Postal Museum. Bring the family and get to know those ladies who were leaning in before it was a thing. Learn about the various postal roles typically held by women over the last two centuries and get to know the stories of pioneers who broke the mold, such as the first female postmaster Mary Katherine Goddard. Folks can take part in a scavenger hunt and earn a National Postal Museum airplane à la Amelia Earhart. View the whole schedule here.

Pi Day is typically observed by nerds, the nerd-adjacent and those who look for any excuse to eat pies (*Raises hand*) on March 14th but Labyrinth will celebrate a bit early. All are invited to stop in and play math games and enjoy some complimentary pies between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. during Pi Day (observed).

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