Warning! It is Mother’s Day this weekend and if you are reading this and have not yet gotten a card, ordered flowers or made a reservation for Sunday, stop right now and make that happen.
What else is happening this weekend?
Tonight, try something totally new: See a new play in a marina! The Irish-focused theatre company Solas Nua opens The Frederick Douglas Project, a site-specific new musical commissioned by the company to to commemorate Frederick Douglass’ 1845 voyage to Ireland and the bicentennial of his birth. The production, which consists of two short plays, will feature live music, hip hop, and dancing in an innovative blend of African American and Irish culture. The performance happens at the Yards Marina and runs through May 24. Tickets are $35.
Friday the Drive-In movie series returns to Union Market. First up is Raiders of the Lost Ark. Raiders features a young and rugged Harrison Ford, a thrilling score and a decidedly negative take on Nazis. Relive your childhood for just $10 per car. (It’s free if you are on foot.) The lot opens at 6 p.m. and closes at 8:15 p.m. The film begins at 8:30 p.m. Get that ticket soon because they frequently sell out.
The School Within a School at Goding holds its annual plant sale Friday afternoon 4pm to 6:30pm and Saturday 9am to 12pm. You will find annual flowers, lots of herbs, vegetables and perennials and the proceeds will go to support the Food Prints program which is the educational outreach program of FreshFarm.
Saturday is the usual Used Book Sale at the Southeast Library at 403 7th Street SE. The sale will feature all kinds of books and will get going a little before 10 a.m. and will close around 3 p.m.
Don’t forget to stop by Second Saturday at Capitol Hill Books! Free wine and cheese plus 10% off all purchases. All the cool kids are doing it– why aren’t you?
It is the Annual Day of the Dog at Congressional Cemetery! This free event is open to all leashed dogs and their human companions. The day begins at 10 a.m. and there will be tours, a wiener waddle (dachshund race) and PUPPY YOGA. There will also be food and drink on hand to purchase. The full schedule is here. Make sure to stop by our booth and say hello!
There are TWO bike tours happening in the neighborhood Saturday. One is a tour of Capitol Hill organized by the Washington Area Bike Association (WABA). Meet at the Lincoln statue in Lincoln Park at 10:30 a.m. but register first here. The second is a DC Labor History Tour organized by the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO and DC Jobs With Justice. This tour also begins at the Frederick Douglas House at 320 A Street NE at 10:30 a.m. and costs $10. Register here.
Sunday is the Season Finale of the Capital City Symphony which would normally be taking place at the Atlas Performing Arts Center but due to some kind of repair situation, your local orchestra will be performing at the Church of the Epiphany 1317 G Street NW. The concert, From Sea to Shining Sea, explores the global expression of identity through music. Get your tickets here: http://www.capitalcitysymphony.org/events/2018/5/13/from-sea-to-shining-sea.
This weekend is also the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s Annual House Tour. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 the days of the tour. A list of local retailers selling the tickets can be found here. This year the catalog of homes will be found here.
Monday night is another opportunity to hear the Ward 6 city council candidates at a forum sponsored by Think Local DC at Wunder Garten. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and you are welcome to register here to let them know you are coming.