Now, I don’t want to jinx anything but this spring has been really quite springlike. Usually we follow a winte/rain/hot-as-hell trajectory but we have had a good dose of lovely this year and it has been delightful. Now that I have typed that, we should expect monsoons followed by drought— so enjoy it while it lasts, everyone!
How shall we spend our first May weekend?
Tonight, get ready for summer at the Union Market Test Kitchen. This week Mikey Fabian, Executive Chef of Rappahannock Oyster Bar and chef Jennifer Jones will teach you the secrets of small plates and sauces from the restaurant’s menu. Wow your friends with “your” grilled oysters and homemade hot sauce, but remain humble as they admire your skills. The class costs $75, begins at 7 p.m. and includes food and wine. Register here.
Friday, start the weekend steeped in love. The Folger latest is Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost, an alliterative comedy about a kid and his bros swearing off the ladies in pursuit of higher learning. While we know that rarely ever works out for them, it is usually fun to watch them try. Throw in some poetic language and a battle of wits between the sexes and you will smile all weekend long. Tonight is College Night so tickets are $15 for students. But no thought for those of us PAYING for their education? Rude. The show runs through June 9th and tickets can be found here.
Saturday, mark the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla with the 8th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas at the Wharf. The District Pier will be filled with revelers from 1 to 5 p.m. enjoying a beer garden, live music and, of course, 128 very small dogs running for glory.
The Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival returns. This family-friendly event features two dozen bluegrass, folk, and Americana artists as well as craft beer and food trucks. Attendees are also welcome to bring food in reusable containers since this is a trash free event. Get more information and tickets here.
Pow!Wow! returns to NoMa with a kick off event at Wundergarten. The 10 day mural festival is in its second year and features all new artists. Register for a walking tour and hope it doesn’t rain!
Eastern Market Main Street kicks off another annual Market Week Saturday. The celebration of local businesses coincides with
National Small Business Week and will highlight local businesses by offering events such as a free yoga class with Realignment Studio and giant board games. See the full schedule here.
Sunday is the Literary Hill BookFest, an annual celebration of Capitol Hill-based books and authors and you know we kind of have a lot of them. Now is your opportunity to chat up Louis Bayard and ask him what he really thinks about Mary Todd. The event takes place in the North Hall of Eastern Market and runs from 11a.m. to 3p.m.
Monday evening at 7 p.m. is another lecture in the Village Voices program at the Northeast Library. Michael Hash, former Deputy Director of the White House Office for Health Reform will discuss the origins and future of the Affordable Care Act. The program is sponsored by Capitol Hill Village.