26 Apr 2018


To Do: Weekend of April 26th – 29th

Learn the art of Freakybana Sunday at Shopkeepers, this Sunday

We reached the end of another April and T.S. Elliot was right on when he called it the cruelest month. I did not grasp that in college but this year really proved that unhappy poet’s point.

How do we celebrate the end of cruel April?

Tonight is another opportunity to get your probiotics with Craft Kombucha at Union Market. Learn to make your very own funky tea and leave with the goods to start your own at home including a fermentation vessel, SCOBY (the mushroom-looking culture used to make kombucha), and starter. $50 per ticket or $80 for couples (only one kit per couple) and you can register here.

Friday means the end of the work week and we are ready some escapism from the turmoil and bad news of the day. This is not exactly that, but you will still want to check out this timely preview performance of 1984 produced by SCENA Theatre at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Totalitarian state, Big Brother watching you, mandatory patriotism. Yes! Orwell’s tale once seemed outrageous and yet… Although those rats would be terrifying no matter what regime was in charge. The production runs through May 27th. Get your tickets here.

If you feel like splurging, Bistro Cacao is offering their Bordeaux wine dinner for $150 per person. You can take a look at the menu here and make reservations by calling 202-546-4737.

It’s supposed to be rainy on Friday, so why not catch a movie? The Miracle Theatre is playing “A Wrinkle in Time” this weekend. For more information and tickets, click here.

Saturday is the annual Taste of 8th on Barracks Row from 1 to 4 p.m. Over 20 Barracks Row restaurants will be participating and sharing small tastes of new dishes or longtime favorites. Is Rose’s offering the lychee salad? Learn more here.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the 200-mile American Odyssey Relay Race and The Wharf is sponsoring the finish line. All are invited to come out to cheer on the runners and enjoy great food, beer, and live music. Festivities are 12pm to 6pm. Read all about it here.

Celebrate the second birthday of East City Books and Independent Book Store Day. They will be celebrating all day long with giveaways, readings for adults and kids, author visits, dog visits, food and drink into the evening. The full schedule is here, so plan accordingly.

Looking for ways to do good in our community? Check out Volunteer Capitol Hill at the Hill Center, happening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More details here.

Plant fan? It’s a little off-Hill, but make a point to visit the United States National Arboretum for their annual Garden Fair. For more information, visit their FAQ.

Sunday at Shopkeepers (1231 Florida Ave NE) learn the art of Freakybana, a contemporary take on the Japanese art of flower arranging ikebana.  Michelle Samson of MISA Floral leads this interactive workshop. Participants will create a freakebana piece and learn tips on how to take styled photos from a phone. Michelle will also discuss the inspiration behind freakebana and conduct an ikebana (Japanese floral arranging) demo. The workshop is noon to 1:30 p.m. and costs $60. Register here.

Also on Sunday? The official kick-off to Eastern Market Main Street’s Market Week! Kicking things off is A Night at the Market, from 6-9 p.m. at the Eastern Market north hall. Tickets are $20-$25 and you can get them here–or you can keep your eyes peeled for our ticket giveaways! Make sure you also check out all the fun Market Week activities by clicking here.

Monday is the final noontime concert by the Washington Bach Consort at St. Peter’s Church (313 2nd  St. SE) The performance features Gwendolyn Toth, conductor & artistic director  candidate and the consort will perform Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott, BWV 129. Though we call it noontime, the concert begins at 12:10 p.m.




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