Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of cinematic spectacles, marching band talent, eclectic jazz, and more in your own backyard!
Begin the weekend with a night of culture and cuisine! The Workhouse Arts Center is celebrating India by hosting a dinner and movie! The Arts Center, a converted prison, will be presenting the film Saawariywa, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. This Bollywood drama centers on a man and woman who meet in a small town and the past circumstances that prevent them from being together. Aroma Indian Restaurant will be catering the event with authentic Tandoori-style meats and vegetarian options.
Cost: $39 per person
Have you ever wondered what happens to the band members after football season is over? Well, sports might be seasonal but the music must go on. The Music Center at Strathmore
brings visitors a unique musical
performance in honor of the black marching band tradition. A group of 30 marching band members from a variety of Historically Black Colleges and Universities come together to deliver a performance that embraces Motown, hip hop, pop and several other genres. Known for their explosive drum beats and cool rhythm, Drumline Live will certainly get your heart pumping and your feet moving. So if you’re in the mood for fun dance moves and customary band music, don’t miss HBCU’s “fifth quarter” performance.
Cost: Tickets range from $28-$58
Want another Friday night option? Start off on the right beat! Strathmore presents “Friday Night Eclectic: An Evening of Jazz with THIEFS.” THIEFS is a “grammatically incoherent” jazz group that intertwines aspects of modern composition and improvisation into a “boundary-less foundation” of beats. Led by drummer and vocalist Guillermo E. Brown, bassist Keith Witty, and saxophonist Christophe Panzani, THIEFS seamlessly shifts from fully electronic to acoustic with their sometimes mellow, other times harsher, grooves. During intermission, enjoy an original jazz dance performance inspired by Satomi Shirai’s photography.
Cost: $20 online/$22 at the door
The Corcoran Gallery of Art
is hosting a free Family Day Extravaganza
, which is jam-packed
with music-themed activities throughout the gallery. Get ready to groove by creating and wearing a button with your own band name and logo, complimented by music-themed face paint. Next, get down with some breakdancers from The Lab DC, learn how to scratch records like a DJ with DJ Scratch Academy, or make and play your own clay whistle. Leave your mark with a cause-worthy poster and original graffiti on a DIY tee. Afterwards, be sure to take a tour of the gallery, including their new “Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s” exhibition. (We’ll be airing our critics’ discussion of the exhibition later this month!) At the end of the day, march off in a send-off by percussionists Eddie Eatmon and Rivum Brigade.
Cost: Free; no registration required
’s Henry V
was originally supposed to close this weekend, but due to popular demand, they’ve extended the production’s run. If you can’t see it this weekend, see it next weekend. After that, you’re out of luck! Here’s what our critics have to say about the
Select films opening today:
Millions of Americans experience hunger every year. This documentary, directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush and starring the likes of Jeff Bridges and Tom Colicchio, not only explores causes of the problem, but also proposes solutions.
Based on the UK television show, this British film directed by Nick Love tells the story of a jaded detective (Ray Winstone) in the Flying Squad of London’s Metropolitan police.