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Kamal El-Hajji, the serjeant at arms of the House of Commons, uses a headset Wednesday to take a 360-degree virtual tour of St Stephen’s Hall in the Houses of Parliament in London. It was part of a promotion for online virtual tours of the Palace of Westminster.

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Massachusetts State Police are investigating the theft of a pair of 305-pound, coin-operated, binocular-like devices that gave tourists visiting the town of Florida views as far as 65 miles along the state’s famous Mohawk Trail. The scenic viewers were cut from their mounts on metal posts. Police on Wednesday said the devices, manufactured by Tower Optical, are considered collectibles because so few are made. (AP)

Local steakhouse owner Jeff Ruby says he’ll buy dinners for Northern Kentucky University’s 15,000 undergraduate students if the men’s basketball team wins its first-ever NCAA Tournament game Friday by beating traditional powerhouse Kentucky. At more than $50 a dinner, Ruby figures his generosity could cost him over $750,000. But he’s probably safe — the Norse are 20-point underdogs against the Wildcats. (AP)


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the middle of September, but we’re going to find a way to make it work,” Cousins told Schefter. “[Julie]’s very understanding, but I don’t know how I want to handle it. I certainly want to be there for the birth of my first child. We’ll see what happens as it gets closer.” Schefter joked that Cousins should call the NFL’s schedulemaker, Howard Katz, and ask him to give the Redskins two



In Southeast, an eaglet has landed It’s hatched! A baby bald eagle hatched around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at a nest in Southeast D.C. The first pecking of the shell came around 2 p.m. Tuesday and could be seen on a live camera run by the Earth Conservation Corps. The eagle was born in a 6-foot-wide nest that sits about 110 feet up in an oak tree on the grounds of a police facility. The eaglet is mostly hidden from view given that the mama bird — Liberty — is still incubating it and a second egg in the nest that is expected to hatch soon, experts said. (TWP)


Osprey Cam gives a peek at birds on James River A new camera is giving bird lovers a look into the lives of ospreys on the James River. The RVA Osprey Cam, located on a Richmond-Petersburg Railroad bridge piling between the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge and the Manchester Bridge, focuses on two ospreys and their nest. The Osprey Cam can be seen at (AP)

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Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and his wife, Julie, are expecting their first child in September.

home games to open the season, like last year. “It’s part of the deal playing in the NFL, you kind of expect this,” Cousins said. “The season is half of the year, so you’re bound to eventually have a kid during the season. I’ve had some teammates who have gone through ... this, and whether it was inducing the delivery or just being fortunate, they’ve been able to find a way around the game. We’ll see. We’ll keep our fingers crossed and see what happens, but there’s no doubt that we’ll be looking at the schedule the first few weeks of the season to see where we are.” The NFL schedule won’t be released until April, but the Redskins already know their opponents for 2017. In addition to NFC East division games, Washington will travel to Los Angeles twice (for games against the Rams and Chargers), Seattle, Kansas City and New Orleans. “We’ll see as we get closer, but we’re excited and ultimately just thrilled that there’s a new life on the way,” Cousins said.

Firefighters in Maryland went to a home to deliver a baby girl in the midst of a blistering snowstorm. Montgomery County firefighters said a Silver Spring family called 911 early Tuesday, at the height of the first significant snowstorm of the season. Officials said seven county fire and rescue personnel worked to deliver and stabilize the baby. The mother, father and baby were later transported to the hospital. All were in good health. (AP)


REDSKINS Given how fast things can change in the NFL, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins isn’t allowing himself to get too comfortable. “They’ll cut you on your birthday, they’ll cut you on the day your child’s born, they’ll cut you on Christmas Eve, so you just never know what’s going to happen,” Cousins told Adam Schefter on Monday as a guest on the ESPN reporter’s podcast. While much about his NFL future is uncertain at this point in the offseason, it’s highly improbable that Cousins, 28, who signed his exclusive franchise tag tender Friday, will be cut on the day his child is born. At least not his first child. Earlier this month, Cousins’ goldendoodle, Bentley, helped the quarterback and his wife, Julie, announce that they’re expecting a Baby Cousins in September. Week 2, to be precise. “That’s not the ideal time, in


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D.C. braces for budget Trump’s spending cuts could shake up the historically stable regional economy



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THE DISTRICT Washingtonians are beginning to worry that President Trump might do what wars, peace, recessions and government shutdowns could not: upend the historically stable regional economy. Bolstered by the federal government, the metropolitan area has largely avoided the sharp ups and downs that have made life unpredictable for the rest of the nation. The Washington economy was barely nicked by the Great Recession, and it has roared ahead since then on the strength of steady job growth, booming home prices, a nascent technology sector and a huge influx of millennial workers. But Trump is set to release a budget today that threatens the prosperity Washington has built by suggesting cuts of 10 to 20 percent to federal agencies headquartered in and around the nation’s capital, while boosting defense spending. It’s a proposal that, if enacted, would shake up the local economy’s calculus, striking at government workers while possibly delivering new business to its contractors. The federal bureaucracy has long shielded Washington from a bottoming out similar to the one


automakers and other manufacturers experienced in parts of the Rust Belt — a stark contrast that Trump hammered with his pledge to “drain the swamp.” The Washington establishment might once have shrugged off such talk. Trump is hardly the first president to denounce the federal government’s size: Ronald Reagan famously said, “Government is the problem,” and Bill Clinton transferred millions of federal jobs to contractors. But perhaps because of his success overturning political orthodoxy, Trump’s threats are being taken more seriously. Should he prevail, his spending priorities would pose the greatest test in decades for the regional economy by threatening the underpinning of everything it is built upon: the federal workforce. Trump’s proposed cuts would reduce employment in the region by 1.8 percent, reduce personal income by 3.5 percent and lower home prices by 1.9 percent, according to an estimate by Moody’s Analytics. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s, reasons that cuts in nondefense spending would probably fall disproportionately hard on the region, while


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the increase in military spending would be spread across the nation. “This definitely has an effect on the morale of the people,” said Ashok Bajaj, who owns fine-dining restaurants in D.C. including Rasika and the Bombay Club. “I think it’s going to have a tremendous effect on downtown business, not just restaurants.” Stephen S. Fuller, an economist at George Mason University

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in Northern Virginia, said the proposed cuts have him more concerned about the area’s prospects than at any other time since the Carter administration in the late 1970s, when the nation struggled with high inflation. “We are a company town, and everything here revolves around a viable national capital,” he said. Out of necessity, local elected officials have pressed in recent years to diversify their economies away from a reliance on the federal government. In D.C., the federal government remains by far the highest employer, with 201,622 jobs, but the public sector gross domestic product grew just 0.5 percent annually from 2011 to 2014, while the private sector over a similar time period grew by 4.2 percent annually. And no matter what happens to spending, Washington will remain the nation’s capital. “I think you’ve got to [look] past the headline story of ‘this agency has a freeze or that agency has a freeze,’ ” said Ronald D. Paul, chief executive at Bethesdabased EagleBank. “I think that’s politics. … You’re not going to see the Department of Energy going vacant.” JONATHAN O’CONNELL (THE WASHINGTON POST)

After a blast of cold temperatures, the National Park Service said horticulturists found widespread damage in cherry blossoms that have reached an advanced stage in the bloom cycle. The park service said Wednesday that peak bloom is still expected in the next week, but fewer trees could blossom because of the cold weather. Officials said temperatures dipped to dangerous levels for the blossoms, dropping below 24 degrees early Wednesday. (AP) MARYLAND

Hogan pledges veto of bill for paid sick leave Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday he would veto a bill requiring businesses with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick leave. He said a bill passed by the House or a measure nearing a vote in the Senate would be “dead on arrival.” Hogan has his own proposal that would provide for paid sick leave for businesses with 50 or more employees. (AP) THE DISTRICT

Judge: Disclose evidence to arrested protesters A judge overseeing the cases of 214 people arrested during Inauguration Day protests is ordering prosecutors to begin informing defendants of the allegations against them. D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz said during an arraignment for 16 people Tuesday that she expects prosecutors to provide defendants and their attorneys with detailed evidence and they should starting handing it over by next month. (AP/TWP)

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Edgar Welch expected to admit guilt; he could face 10 years in prison THE DISTRICT A man who police say fired an assault weapon inside a Washington pizza shop as he sought to investigate phony rumors of child sex trafficking is expected to plead guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors, both sides told a federal judge Wednesday. At a status hearing in U.S. District Court, lawyers said they have reached a plea deal in principle for 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, N.C. Welch would face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of interstate

transportation of a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence. Terms of the plea were not discussed. After lawyers asked for more time to complete paperwork, Judge Ketanji B. Jackson scheduled a plea hearing for March 24. Authorities say Welch caused panic by firing shots inside Comet Ping Pong on Dec.  4, after driving from North Carolina to investigate a conspiracy theory about high-profile Democrats harboring child sex slaves, with the pizza shop connected in some way. Court documents indicate he entered the pizzeria carrying a .38-caliber revolver in a holster

on his hip and the AR-15 assault weapon across his chest. Authorities say he fired at a locked door as he searched for evidence of hidden rooms or tunnels. According to court documents, Welch “surrendered peacefully when he found no evidence that underage children were being harbored in the restaurant.” No one was hurt. Welch’s parents have said their son’s mood turned for the worse last year and he began having nightmares after he hit a 13-year-old pedestrian with his car in October. Welch did not speak during the hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes. MATTHEW BARAKAT (AP)/ THE WASHINGTON POST

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THE DISTRICT | Flowers are seen Wednesday in the snow after a winter storm in Washington dropped several inches on the region. This week’s snow and frigid temperatures are taking a toll on the region’s blooming flowers. Temperatures today are expected to dip into the mid-20s, with highs within a few degrees of 40.

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U.S. could send another 1,000 troops into Syria MILITARY The U.S. military has drawn up early plans that would deploy as many as 1,000 more troops into northern Syria in the coming weeks, expanding the American presence in the country ahead of the offensive on the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, according to U.S. defense officials familiar with the matter. The deployment, if approved by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and President Trump, would potentially double the number of

U.S. forces in Syria. Trump, who charged former president Barack Obama with being weak on Syria, gave the Pentagon 30 days to prepare a new plan to counter ISIS, and Mattis submitted an outline to the White House at the end of February. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, has been filling in more details, including by how much to increase the U.S. ground presence in Syria. Votel is set to forward his recommendations to Mattis by the end of the


A good excuse to avoid that metal concert Scientists have been finding evidence that loud noise — from rock concerts, power tools, etc. — damages our hearing in a previously unsuspected way. It is not immediately noticeable, and it does not show up in standard tests. But over time, Harvard researcher M. Charles Liberman says, it can harm our ability to understand conversation in a noisy setting. His research has found that loud noise damages the connections between hair cells and the nerves that carry the hearing signal to the brain. However, Liberman’s work has been done almost exclusively in animals. Nobody knows how much it explains hearing loss in people. (AP)

month, and the Pentagon secretary is likely to sign off on them. The new troops, if sent, would be focused on supporting Kurdish and Arab fighters in northern Syria battling ISIS. They would act as advisers, offering expertise on bomb disposal and coordinating air support for the coalition of Kurds and Arabs. The troops would likely come from parts of both the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. THOMAS GIBBONSNEFF (THE WASHINGTON POST)


South Koreans learn what to do, just in case

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA | Government officials wear gas masks Wednesday during a drill to prepare for a potential chemical attack by North Korea. Civil defense drills were held across South Korea on Wednesday to teach people what to do in case of natural disaster or aggression from another country.



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Thai authorities seized 21 unusually large rhinoceros horns worth almost $5 million that were smuggled from Ethiopia, officials said. The illegally taken horns, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine, were discovered Friday in a customs search at the Bangkok airport; the traffickers fled. Customs officials said the horns were unusually large and pristine — “the most beautiful horns we’ve ever seized from this airport.” (AP)

City official: Death toll from collapse at landfill outside Ethiopian capital rises to 113

Fed’s rate hike a positive signal for economy BUSINESS The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for the second time in three months and signaled that further hikes this year will be gradual. The move reflects a solid U.S. economy and will likely mean higher rates on some consumer and business loans. The Fed’s key short-term rate is rising by a quarter-point to a still-low range of 0.75 percent to 1 percent. The central bank said in a statement that a strengthening job market and rising prices had moved it closer to its targets for employment and inflation. The message sent by the Fed is that nearly eight years after the Great Recession ended, the economy no longer needs the support of ultra-low borrowing rates and is healthy enough to withstand steadily tighter credit. The markets reacted well to the expected move. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.5 percent, and the Nasdaq composite rose 0.7 percent. The Fed’s outlook for the U.S. economy changed little: It expects growth of 2.1 percent this year and next before slipping to 1.9 percent in 2019. Those forecasts are far below the 4 percent that President Trump has said his policies can produce. The hike should have little effect on mortgages or auto and student loans. Some other loans — notably credit cards, home equity loans and adjustable-rate mortgages — will likely cost a bit more. MARTIN CRUTSINGER (AP)

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At least 30 die as two suicide bombers strike capital Two separate suicide bombers hit Damascus on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people and spreading fear across Syria’s capital. The first attacker, reportedly dressed in a military uniform, struck inside the Justice Palace. The official news agency, SANA, said another suicide explosion about an hour later struck a restaurant, leading to multiple casualties, mostly women and children. No group claimed responsibility for either attack, but similar attacks in recent weeks were claimed by al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria. (AP)




911 dispatcher in Tamir Rice case suspended eight days

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Twitter accounts hijacked as Turkey’s feuds continue

A 911 dispatcher who took a call that led to a white police officer’s fatal shooting of 12-year-old black boy Tamir Rice outside a recreation center has been suspended for eight days. In a disciplinary letter dated March 10, police chief Calvin Williams found that the 911 operator, Constance Hollinger, violated protocol the day of Rice’s 2014 shooting. The city’s internal disciplinary charges accused Hollinger of failing to tell the dispatcher who sent the officers to the rec center that the person pointing a gun could be a juvenile and that the gun might be a fake. Rice was playing with a pellet gun when he was shot. (AP)

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday claimed a dominating parliamentary election victory over anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, who failed the year’s first litmus test for populism in Europe. The Netherlands’ main exit poll suggested Rutte’s party won 31 seats in the 150-member legislature, 12 more than Wilders’ party, which shared second place with two other parties. Turnout was estimated to have reached 82 percent. Rutte, who for much of the campaign appeared to be racing to keep pace with Wilders, may have profited from the hard line he drew in a recent diplomatic standoff with Turkey. (AP)

Hundreds of Twitter accounts were hacked late Tuesday amid Turkey’s ongoing diplomatic feuding with Germany and the Netherlands. It was not clear how many accounts were taken over, but a slew of them — ranging from those of celebrities to government agencies — tweeted anti-German and anti-Dutch abuse in Turkish. The accounts hacked included those run by Forbes, UNICEF, Duke University and Amnesty International. The hacking was the latest in a campaign of online vandalism that has followed days of escalating tensions between Turkey and its allies in Europe. (AP)

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Protesters of President Trump’s revised immigration order have argued that it is essentially a Muslim ban.

Federal judge in Hawaii halts Trump travel ban Freezing of president’s revised executive order is effective nationwide IMMIGRATION A federal judge in Hawaii has frozen President Trump’s revised executive order temporarily barring the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and suspending the admission of new refugees. U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson froze the order nationwide. It was to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. today. Watson was the second of three judges to hear arguments Wednesday on whether to freeze the ban. A federal judge in

Maryland said he also could rule before day’s end after a morning hearing, and the same federal judge in Washington state who suspended Trump’s first travel ban began hearing arguments at 5 p.m. EDT. The hearing in Hawaii came in response to a lawsuit filed by the state itself. Lawyers for Hawaii alleged the new travel ban, much like the old, violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment because it is essentially a Muslim ban, hurts the ability of state businesses and universities to recruit top talent and damages the state’s robust tourism industry. Justice Department lawyers argued that the president was well within his authority to


impose the ban, and that those challenging it had raised only speculative harms. The arguments were similar at the hearing in Maryland, where a federal judge peppered both sides with pointed questions about whether the revised executive order would harm Muslims, refugees and the organizations that serve them. The president’s new executive order would have suspended the U.S. refugee program for 120 days, halted for 90 days the issuance of new visas to people from six Muslim-majority countries and reduced the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. this year from 110,000 to 50,000.

“We don’t want to see any trade war breaking out between the two countries. That wouldn’t make our trade fairer.” CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG,

speaking at a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday, ahead of a visit this week by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Li added that U.S. companies that do business in China would bear the brunt of any trade war. During his campaign, President Trump often attacked China’s impact on the U.S. economy, but he has softened his rhetoric.



The number of people the government says have signed up for coverage this year under former President Barack Obama’s health-care law, even as the Republican-led Congress debates its repeal. The figure does not include an additional 765,000 people who signed up under an option in the Obama-era law called the Basic Health Plan, which is used by New York and Minnesota. Experts said the report undercuts Republican assertions that the health law’s insurance markets are teetering on the verge of collapse. (AP) Egypt: 2,262 children fell ill and have been hospitalized in suspected mass food poisoning

Rachel Maddow defends scoop on Trump taxes MEDIA Rachel Maddow says that if people felt let down by her story about President Trump’s 2005 tax document, it’s more because of the weight of expectation than anything she did. The MSNBC host found herself in the odd position Wednesday of defending herself from criticism following one of the biggest-ever scoops for her show. Maddow’s show revealed, through reporter David Cay Johnston, two pages of tax return information that showed Trump earned $150 million in 2005 and paid $38 million in income taxes that year. Trump has steadfastly refused to release his tax returns. Maddow’s tweet less than 90 minutes before her show that said “we’ve got Trump’s tax returns” set off a social media frenzy. Although a subsequent tweet specified it was only two pages from one year’s return, expectations were sky-high. “Because I have information about the president doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a scandal,” she said. “If other people leapt to that conclusion without me indicating that it was, that hype is external to what we did.” Wednesday, her story was derided as “a big nothingburger” by Steve Doocy of Fox News. Also on Wednesday, Trump called NBC News “fake news” in a tweet, and Johnston noted that Trump fans had harassed his wife and one of his children by phone. DAVID BAUDER (AP)

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nation+world TOKYO Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday began a threenation tour of Asia, where anxiety is rising over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, along with questions over how the United States will tackle a crucial national security challenge. Tillerson flew to his first stop in Japan as the U.S., Japanese and South Korean navies conducted missile defense informationsharing drills in the region. Uncertainty remains, however, over how the Trump administration intends to pressure or persuade

North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons that also pose an emerging threat to the U.S. itself. Tillerson is to meet today with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. Tillerson will also travel to South Korea, which is gripped by domestic political turmoil after the ouster of its president, and then to China, which is conflicted about how to treat North Korea, its traditional ally, for fear of triggering its collapse. Adding to the combustible mix of military tension and the region’s historic rivalries is


Tillerson begins visit to tense Asia

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, above, will meet today with Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe.

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confusion about U.S. foreign policy under the Trump administration. Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO, has adopted a low profile during his six weeks as secretary. The State Department Correspondents’ Association expressed disappointment that he was traveling to Asia without allowing the diplomatic press corps or even a pool reporter on his plane — although he did take a reporter from the conservativeleaning website the Independent Journal Review. Other reporters flew commercially to cover the trip. MATTHEW LEE (AP)


Poll: Ketchup on steak is not OK President Trump set off a firestorm last month when he put ketchup on a $54 dry-aged steak, cooked well done. In the most important survey so far of the Trump administration, the left-leaning Public Policy Polling found that 56 percent of Americans say they disapprove of this practice. Only 27 percent are OK with it. And 17 percent don’t care either way. (TWP)

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Trump allies step back With no evidence to support his wiretapping charge, GOP members distance themselves

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POLITICS President Trump’s explosive allegation that Barack Obama wiretapped his New York skyscraper during the presidential campaign has left him increasingly isolated, with allies on Capitol Hill and within his own administration offering no evidence to back him up. On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he had not given Trump any reason to believe he was wiretapped by President Obama. Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, said he had seen no information to support the claim. He then went further, suggesting the president’s assertion, made in a series of March 4 tweets, should not be taken at face value. “Are you going to take the tweets literally?” Nunes said. “If so, clearly the president was wrong.” But Trump, in an interview Wednesday with Fox News, predicted there would be “some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.” Trump’s allegations have put him in a perilous position as congressional investigations into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election — and possible contacts with Trump associates — ramp up. The FBI is also investigating. If no evidence of wiretapping at Trump Tower emerges, his credibility would be damaged. If there is proof that the Obama administration approved monitoring of Trump or his associates, that would suggest the government had reason to be suspicious of their contacts with Russia and a

Trump told Fox News he thinks “interesting items” will be revealed about his wiretapping allegations.

judge approved the surveillance. The president, who appears to have made his allegation in a burst of anger, has asked lawmakers to investigate the claim. Lawmakers have since turned the question back toward the administration, asking the Justice Department to provide evidence of wiretapping activity. The Justice Department missed a Monday deadline for providing the information to the House and was given a one-week extension. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who heads the judiciary committee’s crime and terrorism subcommittee, said the FBI will provide a classified briefing on the matter “at some time in the future.” Graham has previously said he would use subpoena power to get information from the FBI about whether a warrant was issued allowing the Obama administration to tap Trump’s phones during the campaign. The House intelligence committee will begin holding public hearings on Monday. Nunes, of

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White House response President Trump has said little about his allegations against President Obama, largely leaving it to aides to explain his inflammatory statements. The White House appeared to be backing away from Trump’s claims on Monday, with spokesman Sean Spicer saying the president was referring to general surveillance that may have been approved by the Obama administration. On Tuesday, Spicer said the president was “extremely confident” the Justice Department would provide evidence vindicating him. (AP)

California, said FBI Director James Comey and Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, will testify. Ahead of the hearing, the committee sent a letter to the FBI, CIA and the NSA requesting details by Friday about Americans who surfaced in intelligence collections last year. Asked whether Trump’s

communications may have been swept up in surveillance, Nunes said it was “very possible.” Sessions recused himself earlier this month from the Russia investigations after it was revealed that he did not disclose his own contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Asked Wednesday if he had ever briefed Trump on the investigation or given the president any reason to believe he had been wiretapped by the Obama administration, Sessions said, “The answer is no.” Graham and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley have both said they will delay hearings for Rod Rosenstein, Trump’s nominee to serve as deputy attorney general, unless they get more information from the FBI. Given Sessions’ recusal, Rosenstein would take over responsibility for any probes touching on the Trump campaign and Russia’s election meddling if he’s confirmed. “It’s just too bad that we have to go to this length,” Grassley said. JULIE PACE (AP)

NATIONAL SECURITY Two Russian intelligence agents and a pair of hired hackers were charged Wednesday in a devastating criminal breach at Yahoo that affected at least a half-billion accounts, the Justice Department said. It is the first case of its kind against current Russian government officials. Prosecutors say the four men targeted the email accounts of Russian and U.S. government officials, Russian journalists and employees of financial services and other private businesses as early as 2014. Using in some cases a technique known as “spearphishing” to dupe Yahoo users into thinking they were receiving legitimate emails, the hackers broke into at least 500 million accounts in search of personal information and financial data. One defendant, a Canadian and Kazakh national named Karim Baratov, has been taken into custody in Canada. Another, Alexsey Belan, is among the FBI’s most wanted cyber criminals. The indictment identifies the other two defendants, Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, as officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). Belan and Baratov were paid hackers. This is the first criminal case brought by the Justice Department to implicate the Russian government so directly in cybercrime and to name as defendants sitting members of the FSB for hacking charges. ERIC TUCKER (AP)

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Vulnerable at the top Among the 12 teams that own the top three seeds in the four regions, there are a handful whose fatal flaws seem likely to surface. Here are three behemoths that could exit early.


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3 No. 3 seed FSU Weakness: Free throws

The Seminoles rank 214th in free throw accuracy (at just 69.2 percent), send teams to the line too much and are weak on the glass.

March Madness tips off today with 32 schools in the 64-team field beginning first-round play. Unless you’re calling in sick or have a job that allows you to watch TV from the time the first game starts around noon to the beginning of the last one around 10 p.m., you’re going to need a hand deciding what to watch. Here are the most compelling games rated on a scale of 1 to 5 remote controls. GABE HIATT (EXPRESS)


2 No. 3 seed Oregon Weakness: Rebounding





(12) UNC-Wilmington vs. (5) Virginia

(11) Xavier vs. (6) Maryland

(12) Nevada vs. (5) Iowa State

6:50 p.m., TNT

9:57 p.m., truTV

(12) Middle Tennessee State vs. (5) Minnesota

12:40 p.m., truTV

Reason to tune in: Both teams average about 80 points per game, and both shoot better than 45 percent from the field, so it should be a fast-paced game. With nine wins in its last 10 games and seniors Monte Morris, Nazareth Mitrou-Long, Deonte Burton and Matt Thomas leading the charge, Iowa State looks poised for a deep run. Under former NBA coach Eric Mussleman, Mountain West champion Nevada attempted 811 3-pointers in the regular season, more than Villanova (810) and UCLA (807). Including seniors Marcus Marshall (19.8 ppg) and D.J. Fenner (14.1 ppg), above, Nevada has five players who average double figures.

4 p.m., TNT

Reason to tune in: Under coach Tony Bennett, Virginia has made the NCAA Tournament five times in six years and finished in the AP Top 10 in each of the last three. On Wednesday, SB Nation blogger Sam Snelling tweeted that Illinois is looking to lure Bennett away with a deal worth $4.8 million per year. ESPN’s Basketball Power Index (BPI) gives UVa. an 89 percent chance to win, but the Bennett report could be a distraction for a squad led by senior point guard London Perrantes (12.5 ppg), above. UNCW coach Kevin Keatts has become a hot commodity with a second straight tourney appearance.

Reason to tune in: Maryland stumbled into the dance with four losses in its last six games, including one to Northwestern in its first game of the Big Ten tournament. ESPN’s BPI gives Xavier a 56 percent chance to win, and the Musketeers are also three spots higher than Maryland in statistical analyst Ken Pomeroy’s rankings. Junior Melo Trimble (17.0 ppg), above, helped the Terps advance to the Sweet 16 last year, but he’ll need freshmen starters Anthony Cowan, Justin Jackson and Kevin Huerter to calm their nerves and contribute. A combined 11-3 record in road and neutral site games could bode well for the Terps in Orlando.





Honorable mention: (9) Va. Tech—(8) Wisc, 9:40, CBS

Honorable mention: (10) VCU—(7) St. Mary’s, 7:20, TBS

Honorable mention: (13) Vermont—(4) Purdue 7:27, truTV

Honorable mention: (13) Winthrop vs. (4) Butler, 1:30, TNT

Cal men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin resigns to take job at Missouri

Reasons to tune in: Under coach Richard Pitino, the Golden Gophers have engineered a remarkable turnaround by going 24-9 this year after posting an 8-23 record last year. Guard Nate Mason, above, has gone off for at least 25 points four times this year, and 6-10 center Reggie Lynch was the secondleading shot blocker in the country this year with 3.47 per game. Still, Minnesota might be the most likely No. 5 seed to get upset. ESPN’s BPI gives Middle Tennessee a 46 percent chance to win, and the Blue Raiders have six returning players from a team that took down No. 2 seed Michigan State last year.

One of the main causes for an upset is offensive rebounding. Dillon Brooks and the Ducks are at a disadvantage without Chris Boucher (torn ACL).

1 No. 1 seed Kansas Weakness: 3-point defense

KU allows opponents to shoot 35.7 percent from 3, which is 212th in the nation and was a key in losses to Indiana and Iowa State.

Former President Obama picks UNC men, UConn women to win NCAA tournament championships

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How to predict this year’s champ NCAA TOURNAMENT Using the advanced statistics of basketball analyst Ken Pomeroy, The Washington Post reviewed the title winners of the past 15 years to create a figure that would help determine which teams have the look of champions.

By subtracting the adjusted defensive efficiency from the adjusted offensive efficiency of past national champs, you can see the margin that contenders must clear in order to be deemed a realistic threat to cut down the nets. This is called bar winners total efficiency, or WTEff. The low bar WTEff of 20.4 belonged to UConn in 2014, when the Huskies were the least efficient team to win it all. The score of 27.7 for Maryland in

These five teams boast the highest efficiency margins in the field this year according to The Washington Post’s WTEff metric. (TWP) SCHOOL


Studying title-winners of past 15 years shows the best bets in 2017

Efficient enough to win

Przemek Karnowski is one of two 7-footers on Gonzaga, which leads the NCAA field in efficiency margin.

2002 represents about the average for champs in the past 15 years. The best WTEff of that period (32.9) belongs to the 2008

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Kansas Jayhawks. To make the most of our WTEff metric, remember that it’s best used not to identify a particular team as a title pick, but rather to reduce the number of reasonable candidates.


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1. Gonzaga 2. Villanova 3. North Carolina T4. Kentucky

Last season just 10 teams cleared the lowest bar. This season? A total of 26 squads enter today with better efficiency margins than the 2014 Huskies. If No. 1 seed Gonzaga wins it all, it will surpass the 2008 Kansas team as the most efficient champ in 16 years. Reigning champion Villanova may be even better this year, upping its efficiency margin from 24.2 last season to 30.8 this season. North Carolina is the thirdmost efficient team this season, but it’s managed to drop seven games despite a higher WTEff than the “average” past champs.


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The amount Will Compton of the Redskins earned in performancebased pay in 2016, according to a report released Tuesday by the NFL Management Council. The linebacker’s $251,511 in production pay led the team. Every club has a $3.995 million pool to pay players who outperform their deals. Compton made $600,000 in base salary last year. (TWP)



House Democrats contact NFL, DEA about pain meds

Acosta ramps up training after sitting first 2 games

Four Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters Wednesday to the NFL and the Drug Enforcement Administration to demand an explanation of prescription drug practices around the league. The letters come after a March 9 report from The Washington Post on a lawsuit filed by ex-players against NFL teams, alleging teams improperly administered powerful pain medication for years. (TWP)

Midfielder Luciano Acosta has been day to day for many days. Consequently, D.C. United has had to carry on without its most important attacking element — and without scoring a goal in its first two MLS matches. Acosta suffered an ankle injury in the preseason finale Feb. 25. He resumed limited training Monday and was more involved Wednesday, when coach Ben Olsen said Acosta’s availability for Saturday vs. Columbus has yet to be determined. (TWP)

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With recently signed free agent catcher Matt Wieters, left, in the fold, the Nationals on Wednesday decided to release Derek Norris, right.

Pitching to Wieters will be a tall order Lanky catcher a unique target for pitchers used to shorter backstops


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NATIONALS The Nationals acquired catcher Matt Wieters late in free agency, so when he reported for his first workout with the team Feb. 24 in West Palm Beach, he began with fewer than six weeks in Florida to learn an entire pitching staff. Wieters arrived 38 days before opening day, limiting his time to learn tendencies and personalities. That process realistically won’t be completed by April 3, and Wieters, a switch hitter, also has to prepare himself to bat from both sides of the plate. But Nationals pitchers also are making an adjustment, throwing to a crouching, 6-foot-5 backstop. Washington hasn’t had a catcher over 6 feet play in a game since 2012, when Jesus Flores (6-1) and Carlos Maldonado (6-2) appeared in 87 games. Wilson Ramos, built like a tree trunk at 6 feet, played in 571 games over seven seasons before signing with the Rays in free agency. Ace Max Scherzer said tall catchers are big targets and garner more high strike calls, which is important for him because he often works up in the zone.

Norris cut loose On Wednesday morning, all that remained of catcher Derek Norris‘ second chance with the Nationals were a few taped-up boxes next to a pair of white team-issued baseball pants he will never wear again. He sat in the clubhouse, obliging hugs and handshakes before heading out for good. The Nats granted Norris his unconditional release; they are responsible for one-sixth of the $4.2 million he was owed this year. Norris, 28, is free to negotiate with any team he pleases. The Nationals’ catchers now are Matt Wieters, Jose Lobaton and Pedro Severino. (TWP)

But the opposite is also true. “[Short] guys, their target is lower. ... But then you start working down more and you don’t get those high calls,” Scherzer said. Notable tall catchers include Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk (62) and Mike Piazza (6 -3). Before Wieters, the tallest Nationals catcher was Brandon Harper (6-4). He played only 18 games. Growing up in South Carolina, Wieters was never encouraged to pursue another position and was an all-American at Georgia Tech. “My speed led me to be a catcher anyway,” Wieters joked. JORGE CASTILLO (THE WASHINGTON POST)

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up front Grocery store, bar or both? ass A quick p s t’ a h w at going on

Madness and other sports on the trio of TVs, the star of which is a 90-incher.

A gourmet hot dog cart

Food by Erik Bruner-Yang This is Bruner-Yang’s third Paper Horse location in a local Whole Foods store (the others are in Foggy Bottom and Pentagon City). The concept here features three soups, a noodle dish, steamed bao and Chinese burgers served on buns made

from seared bao dough. You can also buy Maketto coffee, cookies, spice blends and sauces.


If anything shows how much H Street NE has changed in recent years, it’s the 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods that opened Wednesday at 600 H St. NE. More than any other Whole Foods in D.C., this location is stacked with attractions to draw you in. Here’s what to look for. FRITZ HAHN (THE WASHINGTON POST)

Paper Horse’s Chinese burgers are served on seared bao dough.

Lots of space to watch sports The mezzanine level in the back is referred to as the H Street Lounge. You’re not going to forget you’re in a supermarket

Keep it simple with an all-beef dog, or go for the Korean-style variety with kimchi or Coneystyle with chili and cheese. Meatless options include halloumi or a whole smoked carrot, and daily specials run the gamut from a beef dog wrapped in phyllo dough (“in a blanket”) to a riff on eggs Benedict with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

Affordable craft beer — it’s brightly lit, with views of shoppers browsing — but you can grab a seat at one of the long wooden tables and watch March

There are 16 drafts at the H Street Lounge’s bar, with 15 reserved for local craft beers and one saved for local cider. The

opening menu features a mix of styles, including Jailbreak’s Feed the Monkey hefeweizen and Hardywood’s Raspberry Stout. Even better are the prices: All pints are $5 or $6, with almost every beer available as a half-pint ($3-$4) or 4-ounce taster ($2).

Warm cookies and coffee The coffee bar at the front of the store is equipped with a TurboChef oven, which churns out hot chocolate chip cookies from Blind Dog Bakery to accompany the beverages for sale. The stand, featuring the Whole Foods house brand of Allegro coffee beans, will serve the typical array of beverages, including lattes, chais, espressos and cappuccinos.

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EagleBank Arena, May 24, $92.50.

Demetri Martin Lincoln Theatre, May 13, $45.


Low-key comedian Demetri Martin has a simple (and likely appropriate) title for his latest stand-up tour: “Let’s Get Awkward.” Sure, why not? GET TICKETS: Friday at 10 am. through Ticketfly.


My Morning Jacket

Maynard James Keenan’s metal band Tool hasn’t released an album in 11 years and has toured only sporadically since. There’s still no sign of new music, but the group will headline the Fairfax arena with its spectacle of a live show this spring. GET TICKETS: Friday at 10 a.m. using Ticketmaster.

Fillmore, Sept. 24, $40.

Merriweather Post Pavilion, July 14, $46-$76.

The Southern jam rockers, who are rumored to be working on a new album, return to Merriweather — this time with blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. as the opening act. GET TICKETS: Friday at 10 a.m. via Ticketfly.

It’s hard to believe but it’s been 25 years since the Hanson boys started their eponymous pop-rock band. With the three brothers now in their 30s, Hanson is hitting the road and releasing a new greatest hits set (yes, there’s more than just “MMMBop”) and a Christmas album. GET TICKETS: Saturday at 10 a.m. using Live Nation.

Flogging Molly Fillmore, May 20, $35.

St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, but if you can wait a couple of months, you can treat yourself to some Irish folk and punk rock when California’s Flogging Molly paints the Fillmore — what else? — green. GET TICKETS: Friday at 10 a.m. via Live Nation. RUDI GREENBERG (EXPRESS)


“I’m shaky before I go on. Once I go on, I know that I’m there to provide a service, in a strange way. I’m there to make people happy. That’s my job.” CHER, in an interview with Express last fall, discussing her 12-show stint at The Theatre at MGM National Harbor, which kicks off Friday and also includes dates in August and September


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A crossroads cuisine Immigrants from the Uyghur region hope their dishes intrigue palates in the U.S.



At Hill Prince, a ten-spot gets you any cocktail DEB LINDSEY (FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

RESTAURANTS Uyghur people are “really hospitable,” says Erkinay Abliz. So that’s why, when a dinner companion at her brother-in-law’s Cleveland Park restaurant, Dolan Uyghur (3518 Connecticut Ave. NW), was struggling to pull a piece of lamb off a sword-length skewer, Abliz decided a demonstration was in order. She picked up her own kebab and bit the meat directly off the metal. “This is how we eat,” she said with a smile. It won’t be long before more of the D.C. area knows how Uyghurs eat. Expats from the ethnic group, which hails from western China and Central Asia, have opened three restaurants in the region specializing in their cuisine in the past year and a half. “Uyghur food is going to be the next big thing in the United States,” says Yimamu Maimaiti, a partner in Crystal City’s Queen Amannisa, the first Uyghur restaurant to open in the region (320 23rd St. South, Suite 150, Arlington). “Uyghur food is going to be in every corner in the world.” Uyghurs are among the more than 50 ethnic minority groups in China, and many hail from the westernmost autonomous region of Xinjiang, which was traversed via the Silk Road. Uyghurs are Muslim and speak their own Turkic language, also

Mom’s Laghman at Dolan Uyghur

Tea service at Queen Amannisa

Dolan Uyghur’s lamb kebabs

called Uyghur. Their food is distinct from Han Chinese food. Yes, noodles and rice are staples in both cuisines, but the flavors that accompany those dishes are more akin to Middle Eastern and Central Asian food. Cumin makes frequent appearances — such as in polow, a lamb-and-rice dish you might compare to pilaf. One dish, laghman, a beef stir-fry with green peppers and onions, includes noodles that are hand-pulled and dense, and of a length that may perplex some American diners: The goal is to have “just one noodle” fill an entire plate, says Shadiya Ibrahim, owner and chef of Kiroran, a Uyghur restaurant in Fairfax (10728 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax).

Tales of immigrants

shrimp on some menus. And though Uyghurs are Muslim, not all restaurants are dry: Dolan features a full bar, because serving alcohol was a stipulation of the lease. Tea, beautifully presented at each of the area’s three restaurants, is a more important part of a Uyghur meal, which will traditionally end with layer cakes made of honey and walnut. Uyghurs want both American and Chinese customers to understand their culture. “We’re Uyghur people, and proud to be Uyghur people,” says Maimaiti, who revealed his greatest hope: That when he shares his ethnicity, “People will say, ‘I know Uyghurs. They have good restaurants.’ ”

Uyghurs have long chafed under the rule of the Chinese government, which imposes harsh restrictions on their religious practices and has tried to tamp down any resistance. Facing escalating violence, many Uyghurs followed resistance leaders in fleeing to the Washington area. The D.C.-based Uyghur American Association estimates that several thousand Uyghurs now live in the region — most of them having arrived in the past six years. M.J.

The longer the unbroken noodle, the more talented the chef. Halal lamb, beef and chicken are the most popular proteins, but you’ll also see fish and



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You can’t go wrong with any item at Bird’s Eye, a lunchtime pop-up at Doi Moi from chef Sasha Felikson, but a side of these fries is a must. The crisp wedges crusted in yellow curry powder are addictive on their own, but the clincher is the East-meets-West ranch dip — a blend of buttermilk, Kewpie mayo, coconut milk and lime juice elevated by Thai basil, mint, dill and cilantro. And if you’re craving fries at dinner, Felikson says you can order them off-menu at Doi Moi. GABE HIATT (EXPRESS)

BARS It’s hard to throw a stone in D.C. these days without hitting a high-concept bar. So what theme did cousins Nick and David Wiseman, the duo behind Whaley’s and DGS Delicatessen, decide to give their new H Street bar, Hill Prince (1337 H St. NE)? “Just a classic neighborhood bar with classic cocktails made with quality spirits,” Nick Wiseman says. “And we’re keeping it $10 or less for everything. That’s the vibe and the ethos we want.” The cocktail menu at the cozy Hill Prince, crafted by DGS’s Tony Lawson and bartender Briana Savage, is indeed heavy on the classics. Drinks — including a daiquiri, a Sazerac and an aviation — cost $9 or $10. The difference, Lawson says, is that they’ll have slight variations: The Americano, for example, uses Cappelletti instead of the original Campari. “I’m not really into bitter stuff,” Lawson says. “Cappelletti has a sweetness with just enough bitterness.” The brown derby, too, is sweeter than usual, thanks to a lavender honey syrup that Lawson uses “to balance out the sharpness of the grapefruit.” Hill Prince doesn’t have a kitchen, so it features foods that don’t require cooking, such as beef jerky from Red Apron Butcher and pickled okra from Gordy’s Pickle Jar. Should you want something more substantial, Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto has developed “a classic soft, braided pretzel with spicy ranch onion powder,” Nick Wiseman says. FRITZ HAHN (THE WASHINGTON POST)

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Within and without ‘Sisters’


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STAGE Toward the end of the second act of “Three Sisters,” now running at Studio Theatre, Biko EisenMartin, who plays the lovesick Russian soldier Solyony, pours his heart out to — and is gently rejected by — the object of his affection. Eisen-Martin exits stage left, heads up a flight of stairs and walks onto another stage. He’s the same character, but in another play for a different audience: “No Sisters,” being performed at the same time. “No Sisters” assistant stage manager Lauren Pekel estimates Eisen-Martin’s trip takes about 15 to 20 seconds. “He’s got pretty long legs,” she says. Here, Solyony gets to explain and react to his heartbreak in a way that he doesn’t in Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters.” This new play, written and directed by Aaron Posner, imagines inner lives for many of the classic work’s minor characters — and, as the name suggests, the three sisters aren’t joining them. Where Chekhov’s story, the one being performed downstairs, hinges on three sisters living in late-1800s Russia who dream of moving to Moscow, Posner’s work stars the characters who swirl around them, including Fedotik, the soldier who thinks he can buy a woman’s affection; Natasha, the sister-in-law who can’t fit in; and Andrey, the brother who’s disappointed that his life has become boring. In the more relaxed world of “No Sisters,” the characters also use more modern language, which Posner, who also created the D.C. Chekhov-related works “Stupid F---ing Bird” and “Life Sucks,” thinks allows them to better connect with the audience. He offers Natasha’s story as an example. “If you were a woman who was very sexually frustrated in your marriage, you would have


A new play leaves Chekhov’s trio in their own show downstairs

Ryan Rilette plays a docile husband, Andrey, in “Three Sisters,” and the reluctant family man in “No Sisters,” above.

been diagnosed with hysteria” in Chekhov’s day, Posner says, which explains why Natasha keeps those issues to herself in “Three Sisters.” “[In ‘No Sisters’], she can go ‘What the f---?!’ ” As if creating a new show that dissects one of the greatest pieces of modern theater wasn’t complicated enough, Posner and Jackson Gay, who is directing “Three Sisters,” also share most of the same cast and production team. That means that even the tiniest tweaks Posner makes could affect whether an actor makes his or her cue downstairs. “ ‘No Sisters’ is written entirely around ‘Three Sisters,’ because Chekhov’s dead and he won’t rewrite,” Posner says. One element of “No Sisters” that helps contextualize the work, and helps the actors keep an eye on their timing, is the array of monitors on the edges of the set, constantly showing a live feed of the stage downstairs, where “Three Sisters” is being performed. And in Posner’s work, the characters are aware that they’re

Which to see first? Though “No Sisters” writer-director Aaron Posner insists his show “can be a satisfying experience on its own,” seeing Studio Theatre’s sister production of “Three Sisters” beforehand will provide helpful context. Then again … “If people come see ‘No Sisters’ first, then they’ll have a richer experience watching ‘Three Sisters’ later,” says Kimberly Gilbert, who plays Natasha. Our advice? Dust off that Chekhov collection for a refresher on the old play before seeing “No Sisters,” and then take in “Three Sisters” with knowledge of what’s going on upstairs. L.M.

appearing in two plays, which also makes those transitions easier. “There’s something that’s kind of mystical about it,” says Kimberly Gilbert, who plays Natasha. “I have no choice but to be pulled back into the wormhole that is ‘Three Sisters.’ And then I’m released out of it every once in a while to come upstairs and

vent about it.” Gilbert, who also worked with Posner on “Stupid F---ing Bird,” says this new work will help audiences get closer to the much older play it’s based on. “The characters down in ‘Three Sisters’ muse, ‘What are people going to be like a hundred years from now? Will they have solved all of the problems?’ And that’s all that all of us in the present day talk about now!” Gilbert says. “ ‘A hundred years from now, will we have all this bulls--stuff going on in politics, this blind ignorance? Will we evolve as a human race?’ I don’t think we’re trying to say, ‘Chekhov didn’t get it’; it’s more of a ‘Yes, and … .’ It’s ‘Yes, Chekhov is dealing with these things, and also we can go a little bit further.’ ” LORI MCCUE (EXPRESS)

Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW; both plays open through April 23; “No Sisters”: $20-$55; “Three Sisters”: $20-$85; 20 percent discount when you buy tickets to both.











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Tales of the city: Here’s a museum unlike the others The Anacostia Community Museum is the least visited of all the Smithsonians, and I think I know why: It’s more than a mile from the nearest Metro station, and that mile involves some very steep hills. On a recent Saturday, I made the climb and arrived at the museum parched and footsore. I was also one of about three visitors, so several staff members greeted me personally. “Welcome to the Anacostia

Community Museum!” they chorused. “Are you here to see anything in particular?” one added. “Water,” I croaked. After slaking my thirst, I attempted to slip unnoticed into the museum’s main exhibit hall. It didn’t work. Just as I started reading the wall text, another employee materialized and began talking to me. “This exhibit is called ‘Gateways/Portales,’ and it’s about Latino immigrants in four metro areas: D.C., Baltimore, Charlotte and RaleighDurham,” she said. “With so

many conversations going on about immigration these days, we thought this would be an important exhibit to do.” The exhibit begins with a mural featuring the face of a beautiful Latina woman flanked by phrases like “stop deportations” and “social justice” and continues with protest signs and compelling children’s drawings in support of educational opportunities for undocumented immigrants. The only artifacts representing the other side of the immigration debate (that I could find) are racist, typoladen fliers exhorting people to report illegal immigrants, with labels placed by the museum explaining that “discrimination can be hostile.” It was surprising to see a largely federally funded museum take on such a contentious contemporary issue. I was equally surprised to find ordinary objects on

display, things like a George Mason University graduation robe. A placard explains that the robe was worn by 2016 graduate Mirella Saldaña Moreno, who was born in Peru and has lived in Falls Church since age 10. She’s not famous — she’s just one of the roughly 2,000 undocumented immigrants who earn degrees from U.S. colleges each year. But by displaying her robe, the museum introduced me to my neighbor and the challenges she faces trying to make her way in a country that’s increasingly hostile to her being here. With its focus on regular people and the recent past, the Anacostia Community Museum is unlike any museum I’ve ever visited. That fact was driven home when I saw an ordinary tortilla press in one of the “Gateways/Portales” display cases. “I have one just like it,” I said to one of the ever-present museum staff members. Then I realized that the tortilla press’s ordinariness is sort of the point — it illustrates just how widespread Latin American cuisine is throughout the United States. By devoting so much care and thought to displaying the stuff of everyday lives, the Anacostia Community Museum is making the case that regular folks are just as interesting as the famous ones, and that our stories are equally worthy of consideration. It also gave me a glimpse into the lives of often marginalized people in D.C. and other urban communities. That’s no accident: The museum was established, in 1967,

Anacostia Community Museum pro tip Wear comfy shoes — it’s a long, uphill walk from the Anacostia Metro station.

as a Smithsonian outreach program for African-American communities in D.C. It’s since served as a central repository for African-American history in D.C., and has broadened its mission to include other urban centers and populations. I learned a lot about my adopted hometown by browsing the exhibits — which, in addition to “Gateways/Portales,” currently include a display featuring the late Hondurasborn, Chicago-based folk artist Derek Webster and a permanent exhibit about D.C.’s large Panamanian population. (Who knew? Not me.) I also learned about something I probably should have already known about: the Mount Pleasant riots of 1991. I used to live in that neighborhood, and I recall my former landlord talking about “the riots,” but I assumed he meant the ones that happened in D.C. in 1968. I had no idea he was referring to a much more recent event, one sparked when a black rookie D.C. police officer shot an unarmed Salvadoran following a Cinco de Mayo celebration — though the larger catalysts for the outrage were pervasive discrimination and a dearth of social services for Central American immigrants, the exhibit explains. D.C. responded to the riots by creating a bilingual policing unit and a civil rights task force and by taking other steps to lessen the inequality faced by Latinos in D.C. The museum employee was right: “Gateways/Portales” is a very timely exhibit, one that tells the story of Latino immigrants, and also points to potential solutions for this country’s current immigration quandaries. As I made the walk back to the Metro, I realized another clever thing about the museum: Just getting there put me right in the middle of a community I’ve never really explored before. In two weeks, The Staycationer goes paddleboating on the Tidal Basin.

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Who the heck is...

Con Brio? Con Brio’s name comes from a sheet music term that means

“with spirit,” something the band’s seven members take literally whenever they take the stage. “It indicates to play that section of that song like you mean it,” frontman Ziek McCarter says. “It became a philosophy. Do it like you mean it or don’t do it at all.” a high-energy blend of genres that’s easy to dance to and even easier to fall for. On Friday, Con Brio teams up with New Orleans funk band Galactic for a show at 9:30 Club. Here’s how the band got there. RUDI GREENBERG (EXPRESS)

A lifelong dream As a kid growing up in Houston, McCarter knew he wanted to be a performer. “I’ve been singing and entertaining since I was 2. It’s always been a passion of mine,” the 24-year-old says. “I’d set up a camera on a table and perform to Michael Jackson, Marvin [Gaye], whatever. … That’s where it started — always singing and dancing.” After high school, he moved to San Francisco and immersed himself in the Bay Area music scene. Over time, he got to know the musicians who


McCarter and his bandmates embrace the former, performing

Con Brio, led by singer Ziek McCarter, center, has been a staple at music festivals around the world recently.

would eventually unite as Con Brio. The band officially formed in 2013, released the EP “Kiss the Sun” in 2015, toured hard, swapped out keyboard players and in January 2016 went into the studio to record a debut album.

‘Paradise’ waits Last July, Con Brio dropped that full-length debut, “Paradise,” which showcases the band’s potent mix of funk, soul, psych rock and pop. Lyrically, McCarter preaches a positive message, and he’s not afraid to address social issues.

One track in particular, “Free & Brave,” is about police brutality and was inspired by the loss of his father, who was shot and killed by law enforcement in East Texas in 2011. “I responded to that like, well, I can be a bitter, angry person [or I can] move forward and manifest the destiny that is mine and that my father instilled within me,” he says. “It’s really just trying to keep people hopeful and keep the faith for myself.”

Your new favorite band Con Brio truly excels onstage

and is, perhaps, the perfect festival act. The band’s music is diverse enough to appeal to almost anyone (especially a passerby popping in without knowing the group) and the members have an undeniable stage presence. McCarter is the ultimate showman, bouncing around the stage with high-energy dance moves, using the mic stand as a prop and often taking his shirt off. Combine that with the rest of the band, and their energy and enthusiasm becomes infectious. “We still play [our songs] like we just wrote

’em yesterday, we’re so stoked about it,” he says. “That’s probably what you’re feeling live. We love to play with one another, we love to play for these audiences.” Consider this a warning: See Con Brio live and it may become your new favorite band. McCarter, for his part, just wants fans new and old to feel something after watching the group perform. “I hope people get whatever it is that feeds their soul,” he says. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW; Fri., 8 p.m., $30.

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So you want to be a


Our guide to becoming royalty at next year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival

ETC … Have you always dreamed of wearing a tiara and sash? You could just buy your own, but here’s another option: Apply to become a Cherry Blossom Princess at the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. Every year, up to 55 princesses — each representing a state, a U.S. territory or D.C. — are selected on the basis of written applications that show off their leadership abilities, volunteer work and passion for the places they represent. (There are also a few international princesses chosen by embassies and

international organizations.) They are then feted at a week’s worth of parties that culminate in the Cherry Blossom Grand Ball, where one woman wins the title of Cherry Blossom Queen via a spin of the so-called “wheel of fortune.” Her majesty receives a Mikimoto pearl necklace and then goes on a free, 10-day trip to Japan, where she makes public appearances with Japan’s Cherry Blossom Queen. “I think it’s one of the most wonderful experiences of a lifetime. They get to represent their state in the Cherry Blossom Parade, and the wealth of friendships they

are going to make carry through for years and years,” says Teri Galvez, a former co-chairwoman of the princess program. The program, organized by the National Conference of State Societies, isn’t really about swanning around in gowns, Galvez says. It’s about leadership development and networking. “I got my first job through a connection I made as a Cherry Blossom Princess,” says Amy Anda, a current princess program chairwoman. Cherry Blossom Princesses attend leadership workshops, get coached on their public speaking skills and attend

a variety of cultural events during a week of the month-long festival. The 2017 festival kicked off on Wednesday, so it’s too late to apply to be a princess this year. But now is the perfect time to start plotting your ascent to the throne in 2018. Here are tips from program organizers and past princesses:

Step 1: Be a young woman who likes pink. The contest is limited to women ages 19 to 24 who have never been married, don’t have children, have graduated from high school and are U.S. citizens.

Wisconsin’s Rachel Bohn was named 2016’s Cherry Blossom Queen after the “wheel of fortune” landed on her state.

(Princesses chosen by international embassies are not eligible to become the queen.) Older women (typically up to 26) can apply if they get special permission from their state society. If you have a visible tattoo or piercing, get it removed — body art isn’t allowed for princesses. Also, make sure you’re cool with dress codes: Princesses aren’t allowed to wear open-toe shoes at official events and are required to buy the year’s official pink dress. You’ll also need a white gown and white gloves for the Grand Ball.

Step 2: Decide which state or territory to represent. Most of the princesses live in the D.C. area but have a connection to a particular state. If you were born in D.C., went to college in California and have lived in Virginia ever since, you have your pick of those three places to represent. Choose the one that you have the closest connection to — and the one with the least competition. “Smaller states tend to have fewer applicants,” Galvez says. D.C., for instance, produces only one to

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2016’s Cherry Blossom princesses

Notable moments from Cherry Blossom Princess history 1948: The Cherry Blossom Princess Program is created to rekindle feelings of friendship between the United States and Japan following World War II.

three applicants a year, while dozens of women vie to be the California princess each year.

Step 3: Get involved in your state society. Every state has a society in D.C. that hosts regular events where you can talk about how the food or weather in D.C. sucks compared to the food or weather in your state. These societies also pick the Cherry Blossom Princesses — check their websites for events like college football watching parties and picnics so you can schmooze. You may also want to attend some of the public Cherry Blossom Festival events where you can meet the current princesses and state society leaders.

Where to meet this year’s royalty

Blossom Princess generally do a lot of volunteer work, get good grades and hold leadership positions. “We’re looking for well-rounded young ladies with leadership ability, beauty and brains,” says Aylene Mafnas, president of the Guam Society of America, which selects a princess each year. By “beauty,” she adds, she means that you “need to look presentable.”

Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony: The Cherry Blossom Princess representing the Japanese Embassy will light a 400-year-old stone lantern that stands among the cherry trees at the Tidal Basin, with the other princesses and government officials in attendance. The lighting will be followed by musical performances by the Washington D.C. Choral Society and the Toho Koto Society. Tidal Basin at Independence Avenue & 17th Street SW; April 2, 3-4:30 p.m., free.

1950s and ’60s: For the duration of the festival, the princesses are matched up with single men — volunteers from local military installations — based on height alone. The men escort the princesses to all of the week’s social events, resulting in some exasperation and at least one wedding.

Celebration of States and Territories: Meet all the Cherry Blossom Princesses at this casual reception, which includes light fare. Clyde’s in Chinatown, 707 Seventh St. NW; April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $50.

Cherry Blossom Grand Ball: If you go to this annual formal dinner, you’ll watch as one lucky Cherry Blossom Princess is randomly selected by a spin of the “wheel of fortune” to become queen. It includes a sushi reception and dancing to music by The Rhythm Method Band. Crystal

Step 5: Apply.

National Cherry Blossom Parade: The Cherry Blossom Princesses take up three floats in this parade, which also includes giant balloons and marching bands. Constitution Avenue from Seventh to 17th streets

Step 4: Pump up your résumé.

Application deadlines and requirements vary, but all wannabe princesses must submit a short essay on their connection to their state or territory and why they’d make a good representative. “We want people to show they know something about the program and their home state,” Galvez says. Start checking your state society page for application information in late summer, Anda adds.

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1960: Two rival Iowa state societies nominate two different Cherry Blossom Princesses. One is the governor’s daughter, the other a D.C. resident. D.C. resident Marilyn Canby takes the title, in part because her society submitted her name in time and the other nominee’s didn’t.

NW; April 8, 10 a.m.-noon, free.

Japanese Street Festival: The princesses will be among those milling around the street festival, which includes demonstrations of martial arts, taiko drumming, calligraphy and more. M Street and New Jersey

1968: No Cherry Blossom Queen is crowned at a smaller festival due to the riots following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.



This year’s Cherry Blossom Princesses will appear in the parade on April 8.

1957: Japanese jewelry company Mikimoto donates an enormous pearl crown to the princess program. It’s made of 2 pounds of gold, 1,585 pearls and an ermine band. Each Cherry Blossom Queen wears it for only a few minutes after her coronation and then switches to a smaller crown that she gets to keep.

Nevada’s Noelle Verhelst, third from left, was 2015’s Cherry Blossom Queen.

1970: Linda Smythe of D.C. becomes the first black Cherry Blossom Princess. She celebrates her appointment as D.C.’s princess by yelling, “Black power!” and is later voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow princesses. 2012: Taylor Barfield becomes the first black Cherry Blossom Queen, making headlines in Japan for accepting the honor barefoot and getting kissed on the cheek by the governor of Tokyo. S.D.

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In the belly of the beast Puppeteer Miron Gusso lives and breathes dinosaurs. Like, he actually plays living, breathing dinosaurs in Erth’s

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“Dinosaur Zoo Live.” The Australian theater company’s interactive puppet show, coming to Strathmore, features eight dinosaurs, some other prehistoric animals and a host who provides information on the creatures. Gusso is celebrating his fifth anniversary performing as a Tyrannosaurus rex for the troupe, which this year is adding a new puppet to the mix: a teenage Triceratops. The dinosaur puppets get as close as possible to the real things — minus the possibility

that someone could get eaten. “We work side by side with paleontologists,” says Gusso, who suits up as the Triceratops for many shows. “We pick their brains and we take that information and go to the design table. We want to show not only how [each dinosaur] stood, but how we think it would move.” KRISTEN PAGE-KIRBY (EXPRESS) Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane; Fri., 7:30 p.m., $16-$58.

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Like a glove The Triceratops puppet (don’t call it a costume) is around 6 feet tall and 14 feet long and weighs about 100 pounds, but it’s designed to be as comfortable as possible for the performer inside. While some of Erth’s puppets are manipulated with the traditional hand-upthe-backside method, the Triceratops and the other larger lizards are worn. “It’s built around a camping backpack,” Gusso says. “We strap it on and there’s support around the lumbar, around the chest and around the arms. When we’re wearing it, the alignment is perfect; [actors stand with] shoulders over hips over toes.”

The look of the new Triceratops proved to be a little too real. When it was shipped from Australia to the U.S., federal agents held the puppet in customs for five days, thinking it might contain actual dinosaur fossils smuggled from Down Under.


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“There’s a conflict of anatomy with the human shape and the dinosaur,” Gusso says, which means it takes some mechanical help to get a two-legged person to operate a four-legged puppet. The puppeteer’s back legs control those of the dinosaur; its front legs “are operated by these elongated crutches that almost work like an elliptical,” Gusso says.

Hear me roar The puppeteer also controls the dinosaur’s vocals, some of which are recorded and some of which are real-time roars. That control is particularly important, since the young members of the audience often get up close and personal with the giant beasts. “This is a creature that is larger-than-life, that roars,” Gusso says. “When we’re roaring and see a child that’s a little timid, we can scale that back and make [the dinosaur] a puppy dog.”


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National Cherry Blossom Festival


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We’re delighted to welcome you to the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival, one of the world’s greatest celebrations of spring! For close to a century, the Festival has hosted a city-wide celebration that heralds the arrival of the new season and honors Japan’s gift of more than 3,000 flowering cherry trees to Washington, DC.


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This year’s Festival runs from March 15 to April 16, bringing back longtime favorites and introducing exciting new events. From the waterfront fireworks celebration and daily entertainment on the ANA Performance Stage, to concerts, performances and our signature National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC, you’ll want to take advantage of all the Festival has to offer.


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National Cherry Blossom Festival



A Celebratory Start

On Saturday, March 25 from 5 to 6:30 PM, this signature event of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival honors the 105th anniversary of the gift of trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC. Presented in partnership with the Japan Foundation, this annual celebration at the historic Warner Theatre will feature remarks by His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan and the Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia, plus spectacular performances by acclaimed artists from Japan and the United States. Don’t miss this line-up of extraordinary acts: The Shigeyama Kyogen troupe continues their family legacy of kyogen performance dating to the 17th century. Kyogen is a comic form of traditional Japanese theater with more than 600 years of history. Plays typically feature a humorous “Everyman” figure and depict daily life among commoners in feudal society or folktales. Kyogen was named one of the “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 2001. EL Squad is a world-renowned Japanese street dance crew from Japan. They have revolutionized the contemporary dance genre with their signature “Light Dance” – a mesmerizing blend of dance, music, and electroluminescent technology.

All tickets have been claimed. Walk ups will be accommodated on a first come first served basis pending availability.The show will also be live streamed on Facebook. The Opening Ceremony is supported by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Inc., Toshiba, Toyota, Warner Theatre and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington.

May J. is a multilingual J-pop artist and one of Japan’s most celebrated female singers.The acclaimed vocalist and popular TV host is also widely known for singing the end roll version of “Let It Go” in the Japanese release of Disney’s “Frozen”, reaching No. 8 on the Japan Hot 100. The 6821 Quintet, named for the distance between Washington, DC and Tokyo, was created by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation for the National Cherry Blossom Festival as part of the Potomac Music Lab Project. The 2017 group consists of Mayu Kishima (1st Violin), Eric Silberger (2nd Violin), Meng Wang (Viola), Clancy Newman (Cello) and Mamiko Hirai (Composer/Pianist), and will perform the world premiere of a commissioned piece written by Ms. Hirai.


A Day of Japanese Culture and Fun for All Ages!

Listen and Love it! New this year! Tune in to 104.7 FM “Cherry Blossom Radio” for key Festival-related information, including events, exclusive interviews, special music, fun facts, giveaways, and more. Stay up to date on traffic, weather, and the bloom watch.

On Saturday, March 25 from 11:30 AM to 3 PM, join the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in a free, family-friendly celebration of Japanese culture! Be part of a fun, educational experience featuring Japanese music and dance performances, face painting, cherry blossom-themed crafts, a scavenger hunt, and more! Activities take place in SAAM’s Kogod Courtyard. Find special cherry blossom treats in the Courtyard Café and products in the museum store. Media sponsors include Washington Parent Magazine and 98.7 WMZQ.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is working closely with the Trust for the National Mall in a renewed effort towards stewardship of the cherry trees. This new partnership seeks to raise funds for the National Mall Cherry Tree Endowment, which focuses on the preservation and protection of the cherry trees that line the Tidal Basin on the National Mall.


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Remembering Our Roots

2017 marks 90 years since the first celebratory festival of the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC. Although more modest in scale than the National Cherry Blossom Festival we know today, the 1927 “Cherry Blossom Fete” was a festive gathering of dignitaries and community members commemorating the 1912 arrival of trees and enduring friendship between Japan and the United States. Planned by the National Memorial Foundation, the day-long celebration of international goodwill aimed to welcome cherry blossom season and “inaugurate a picturesque tradition in Washington”.* In attendance were former First Ladies Helen Taft and Edith Wilson, Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg, Postmaster General Harry S. New, U.S. military leaders, representatives from Japanese cultural groups, as well as distinguished members of Washington’s diplomatic community. Children of embassy officials from Switzerland, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Paraguay, and other countries joined a colorful tableau of international flags, following a musical opening by the U.S. Army Band and Japanese lute and shamisen performers. Actors and dancers from local schools and performance groups artfully reenacted the first tree

planting by Mrs. Taft and the wife of the Japanese ambassador in 1912. The pageantry also included a theatrical presentation of Japanese myths and a “Cherry Petal Ballet” danced by area schoolchildren. The America-Japan Society sent a message of appreciation from Tokyo, which was delivered in a public reading. Attracting nearly 10,000 visitors to the Tidal Basin, this one-day observance of friendship between nations planted the seeds for what would become a lasting springtime legacy in the District. * “Big Cherry Blossom Pageant will be Presented Saturday. Hains Point Will Be Setting for Picturesque Offering, With Children of Embassies Participating.” Washington Star, April 13, 1927.

WIN ANA AIRLINE TICKETS TO TOKYO! In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the first Festival, share your favorite Festival experiences using #BlossomMoments. Tag All Nippon Airways (ANA) with your submission on Facebook (@ana.northamerica), Twitter (@FlyANA_official) or Instagram (@allnipponairways_official) and you will be entered to win a pair of roundtrip airline tickets to Tokyo courtesy of ANA.


See the Region Sparkle in Pink and White! Over the course of the Festival, shades of pink blossoms will bloom all around the city as “City in Bloom” returns to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Local businesses and organizations will visually unite the city with pink spotlights and blossom projections lighting up landmark buildings. Watch for cherry blossom decals “blooming” on public transit, storefronts, businesses, food trucks, airports, and parks. Watch for special blossom illuminations on sites including the Capital Wheel, Brookfield Office properties, Arena Stage, Warner Theatre, Union Market, Hard Rock Café, the Willard InterContinental Hotel, Newseum, Reagan National and Dulles International airports, and more. Additional City In Bloom participants include area Harris Teeter stores, City Center DC, Canal Park and Yards Park, the Wilson Building, Forever 21 at Metro Center, and the National Zoo.


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Walking, biking, or Metro is best! Save time with these convenient public transit options: Metro to the Tidal Basin Take Metrorail to the Smithsonian/National Mall Station on the Blue, Orange, or Silver lines; or ride 52 Metrobus to Independence Avenue & 14th Street, SW. Walk west toward the Washington Monument to 15th Street/Raoul Wallenberg Place. Turn left to head south along 15th Street to the Tidal Basin. Pick up a free limited edition National Cherry Blossom Festival SmartTrip sleeve at select Metro stations while supplies last. Bikeshare to the Blooms Bike rentals are available at over 440 Capital Bikeshare stations. Stop by any station to pick up a 24-hour membership for $8, a 3-day pass for $17 or a single trip for just $2. Visit Bus to the Blossoms The DC Circulator National Mall route takes you straight to the blossoms. Rides cost $1 and buses arrive every 10 minutes. Learn more at Water Shuttle to the Blossoms Travel from Georgetown to the Tidal Basin on a scenic water taxi ride. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Parkmobile Throughout the Festival, customers can reserve a parking space through Parkmobile at cherryblossom., as well as pay online for street parking close to the Festival using the Parkmobile app. Each time customers use Parkmobile to park in the Washington, DC area, they have the option of donating to the National Cherry Blossom Festival, using zone 9810 in the app. Parkmobile is the preferred parking vendor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. For a full list of public transportation options, visit and Reagan National and Dulles International Airports are pleased to support the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Your Journey Begins with Us.,


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Japan – Up Close and Personal!

Produced by the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC, the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival will captivate you with the sights and sounds of Japan on Saturday, April 8, from 10:30 AM to 6 PM. Come see, hear and taste all things Japanese with crafts, activities, food and drink, performances, and cooking demonstrations at the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States. Enjoy performances on four stages, browse a variety of Japanese products and items inspired by Japanese design, and let the kids enjoy their very own Children’s Corner! Don’t miss this community celebration of Japanese culture! Join the festivities in the Yards Park/Capitol Riverfront neighborhood at M Street and New Jersey Avenue SE, across from the Navy Yard/Ballpark Metro station. $8 advance ticket (purchased before April 1); $10 after April 1 and at the gate; free admission for children 12 and under.


Spectacular Fun for Everyone!

Come see soaring kites fill the air on Saturday, April 1 from 10 AM to 4:30 PM on the grounds of the Washington Monument at 17th Street, NW and Constitution Avenue. What better way to celebrate spring and friends around the world than with brightly colored kites swirling and dancing against blue skies!


Don’t miss this day-long event featuring kite-making activities, youth kite-flying competitions, flight demonstrations by master kite makers from across the country, local kite club displays, and more! New this year, kite ballet performances will feature Team Island Quad from Victoria, BC, along with special children’s programming. Enjoy a hands-on experience with lessons in kite-flying techniques, or fly your own in specially reserved areas for public kite-flying. Limited special edition Festival kites will be available for purchase at the event. Macy’s is the supporting sponsor of the Blossom Kite Festival. Media sponsors are Washington Parent Magazine and BIG 100.3. Rain date is Sunday, April 2, 12 Noon – 6:30 PM.

A beloved springtime tradition, the National Cherry Blossom Festival brings “Blossoms and Baseball” to Nationals Park. Watch as the Washington Nationals take on the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:05 PM. Wear pink to show your blossom spirit! Purchase tickets at









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Take in the Sights and Sounds of Japan In celebration of the annual blooming of cherry blossoms, Events DC Cherry Blast! brings the sights, sounds, scents and flavors of Japan to Washington, DC. Join us Friday, April 14 from 7 PM to 12 midnight as Dock 5 at Union Market is transformed into a busy Tokyo streetscape to kick off the finale weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Experiences include: • Night Market – a hustling and bustling communal marketplace lined with an array of food vendors and artisan crafts, curated by acclaimed Chef Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto • Music Stage – vibe to the pulsating sounds of live artists and DJs performing all night long • Interactive Art Showcase – a spectacular exhibit of interactive works created by DC-based artists, inspired by Japanese culture and the prestige of the cherry blossoms • VIP Lounge – an exclusive private lounge featuring an open bar with special cocktail pairings and curated Tokyo street food (Space is limited; VIP tickets required)


Connecting with Nature and Community


DC Dining with a Seasonal Flair Cherry Picks showcases Washington, DC’s vibrant restaurant scene with participating restaurants serving creative, seasonally inspired menus throughout the Festival. Cherry Picks is produced in partnership with Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. Participating restaurants include:

Presented by the 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service On Sunday, April 9 from 1 to 5 PM, don’t miss this third annual celebration of local culture and natural splendor! This year’s Anacostia River Festival highlights biking in the District with special activities for all ages – including trail rides, crafts, free tune-ups and safety tips, a bike parade, and more! Explore the beauty and history of the Anacostia River with canoe rides, fishing workshops, wildlife demos, and local arts exhibitions.

1789 Restaurant • Acqua Al 2 • Ari’s Diner • Atlas Brew Works • B Too • Bangkok Joe’s • Bantam King • Bar DuPont • Belga Café • Bistro Bis • Brabo • California Tortilla • Carmine’s • Charlie Palmer Steak • China Chilcano • Circa (Clarendon) • Circa (Dupont) Circa (Foggy Bottom) • Cities Restaurant & Lounge Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar • Cure Bar & Bistro • Daikaya • DBGB DC • Denson Liquor Bar • Dock FC • Duke’s Counter • Duke’s Grocery Estadio • Farmers and Distillers • Farmers Fishers Bakers • Fig & Olive Founding Farmers (DC) • Founding Farmers (MoCo) Founding Farmers (Tyson’s) • Georgia Brown’s • Ghibellina • Glen’s Garden Market (DuPont) • Good Stuff Eatery • Haikan • Harold Black • ICI Urban Bistro • J. Paul’s Dining Saloon (Georgetown) • Jaleo (Bethesda) Jaleo (Crystal City) • Jaleo (Downtown) • KAZ Sushi Bistro • Kellari • La Puerta Verde • Ledo’s Pizza • Mastro’s Steakhouse • Matchbox • Neyla Mediterranean Bistro • Occidental Grill & Seafood • Ocean Prime • The Oceanaire Seafood Room • Old Glory BBQ • Oyamel • Paolo’s Ristorante (Georgetown) • Petworth Citizen & Reading Room • Quarter + Glory • Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Co. • Room 11 RPM Italian • Ruth’s Chris Steak House • Slim’s Diner • Sotto • Station Kitchen • Texas de Brazil • The Hamilton • The Tavern at the Henley Park Hotel • The Urban Winery • Tortino Restaurant • We the Pizza • Wildfire Woodward Table • Zaytinya

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® Presented by Events DC

Events DC float presents DJ Kool - “Let Me Clear My Throat” with The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Dancers

ANA: Love the Journey Float featuring Brian Justin Crum and The Washington Wizard Girls—“Show Me Love” FLY-ANA Jet Balloon Virginia Tech’s Regimental Band, The Highty-Tighties– Virginia

The MGM Lion Balloon presented by MGM National Harbor Woodland High School Wildcat Marching Band– Georgia sponsored by CSI Printing & Graphics UniStars Unicycling Showtroupe

Rockville Ryukyu Taiko, Chin Daiko, Anaguma Eisa, and The Okinawan Taiko Drummers of Wisconsin

Edgewater Eagle Band– Florida

Goodwill Ambassadors Float with special performance

Almas Shrine Klowns and Firetruck

Wauwatosa East High School Red Raider Marching Band– Wisconsin

PowerTaps Cloggers Drum Float with Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group— Japan, Sponsored by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) PHOTO COURTESY RON ENGLE

His Excellency & Mrs. Kenichiro Sasae, The Ambassador of Japan National Conference of State Societies’ (NCSS) Princesses

Don’t miss this long-standing Washington tradition. The Parade marches down Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets featuring floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands and performances from Drew Lachey, Jo Dee Messina, DJ Kool, Brian Justin Crum and more! The Parade is hosted by ABC7/WJLA’s Alison Starling and Jonathan Elias, with a special appearance by Carrie Ann Inaba. Good Morning America’s Rob Marciano and ABC7/WJLA’s Michelle Marsh return as on-the-street reporters while Loo Katz and Chilli Amar return as West End announcers. Grandstand tickets are available for sale at parade. This event is presented by Events DC and supported by All Nippon Airways (ANA). Segment sponsors include DowntownDC BID and Reagan National and Dulles International Airports. The official vehicle sponsor is DARCARS Automotive Group and media sponsors are ABC7/WJLA, News Channel 8, 97.1 WASH-FM and The Washington Informer.

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LINE OF MARCH “Celebrate” Opening Performance featuring 2017 Sing Into Spring Winners, KHA, Roquois and ShaMain and Parade Cast sponsored by Events DC Opening Performance featuring CitySights DC Double Decker Bus Metropolitan Police Department Metropolitan Police Department Motorcycle Team Metropolitan Police Department Honor Guard

United States Park Police Mounted Horse Patrol Pink Care Bear Balloon Carrie Ann Inaba from “Dancing with the Stars” 2017 Poster Float sponsored by MGM National Harbor featuring Blu Cantrell and Power Surge Dancers— “Hit ‘Em Up Style” Foothill High School Band – California Limitless Dancing WarriorettesMaryland

The Dogwood Trail Court

The All American Brigade from Western Alamance High School– North Carolina

Capitol Movement and Ring THE WORLD — Japan & Washington D.C.

2017 Sing Into Spring Winner KHA sponsored by The Washington Informer

United States Park Police Motorcycle Unit

Military District of Washington Units

United States Park Police Honor Guard

Commander of Troops and Joint Staff

Chief of Police, Robert MacLean and the United States Park Police

The United States Army Band Pershing’s Own United States Army Marching

Joint Staff Honor Guard

NCSS Queen’s Float—Japan Sakura Queen, Yuki Shimono, 2017 Japan Cherry Blossom Princess, U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen Runner Up, 2017 Miss Congeniality sponsored by Reagan National/ Dulles International Airports

United States Navy Marching Platoon

Russellville High School Marching Hundred– Alabama

United States Air Force Platoon

City in Bloom Float sponsored by Harris Teeter featuring Mari with Power Surge Dancers — “Everybody’s Dancing”

Platoon United States Marine Corps Platoon

United States Coast Guard Platoon 3rd United States Infantry Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps Good Morning Washington Coffee Mug Balloon sponsored by ABC7/WJLA-TV & NewsChannel 8 ABC7 MobileTrak7 Vehicle DC Emancipation Day Float Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, District of Columbia Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives Frank W. Ballou High School “Majestic” Marching Knights — Washington, DC, sponsored by Events DC

Stampede of Love – North Carolina

Very Cherry Blossom Balloons sponsored by Events DC Pennsbury High School “The Long Orange Line”– Pennsylvania sponsored by Reagan National / Dulles International Airports George Washington Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America Free State Clown Alley Special Performance Pajanimals Balloon sponsored by Express, a publication of the Washington Post

Sing Into Spring Vocal Competition Group Winners, Treble in Paradise A Cappella Group— “Mercy,” sponsored by The Newseum

2017 Sing Into Spring Winner ShaMain sponsored by The Washington Informer

Miss Rodeo Virginia Program

The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders

DOMO Balloon sponsored by NHK WORLD TV

2017 Sing Into Spring Winner Roquois sponsored by The Washington Informer

Mr. Potato Head Balloon sponsored by ABC7/WJLA-TV & NewsChannel 8

Washington Nationals Racing President Teddy Roosevelt and The NatMobile

Springtime Float sponsored by DARCARS Automotive Group featuring Drew Lachey and the Copeland Mills Dancers — “Because of You”

Miss District of Columbia’s Outstanding Teen 2016 Nilah Pettus & Miss Maryland’s Outstanding Teen 2016 Allison LaForce Batalá Washington sponsored by El Tiempo Latino Japanese Lantern Balloons sponsored by Microsoft Parade Youth Choir performance—“Better When I’m Dancin” sponsored by The University of the District of Columbia National Park Service Tree Maintenance Truck with Crew and Paddles the Beaver National Park Service float with Superintendent Gay Vietzke and the National Mall and Memorial Parks Rangers and Volunteers Jo Dee Messina with CAPA Dancers— “Take It” Downtown Ambassadors sponsored by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District Gotta Swing Lindy Hoppers Chartiers Valley Showband– Pennsylvania

Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields Miss District of Columbia 2016 Cierra Jackson & Miss Maryland 2016 Hannah Brewer

Blazen Divaz – Idaho

“Hoosiers Bus”

C.V. Russell Jr. Ambassador Marching Band—Virginia

NHK WORLD TV and broadcast partner Maryland Public Television Float Performance with the Junior Exile Group Very Hungry Caterpillar Balloon sponsored by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District Gainesville High School Hurricane Marching Band– Florida Spring Is Alive Float sponsored by Carmine’s featuring Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Dancers— “FAME” Central Farm Market 1938 Chevy Pick-up Truck P.O.M. Squad - Maryland All Star Dancers -“Dancin’ on the Avenue/ Dancin’ in the Streets,” sponsored by The University of the District of Columbia Still Hot to Trot– Virginia

Lassiter High School Marching Trojan Band Georgia sponsored by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America Inc. Bunch of Blossom Balloons sponsored by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) The National Park Service Recycling Team Finale Performance “Love Can Move Mountains” with Tamika Patton and Parade Cast Groups in Opening and Finale Performances: Charlenes School of Dance, Cheering/Capitol Movement Cheerleaders, Copeland Mills Dancers, Dogwood Trail Court, Perna Dance Center, The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Dancers, P.O.M. Squad, Power Surge Dancers, West Chester University All Star Color Guard, West Chester University All Star Flags Vintage Vehicles provided by: Central Virginia Mustang Club


Potomac Classic Thunderbird Club Convertibles 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible Owner: Jack and Cheryl Gallagher 1963 Buick Wildcat Convertible, 1964 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible and 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Owner: Randy Denchfield 1964 Convertible Turquoise Mercury Comet Owner: Bill Bonstra 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 convertible and 2007 Ford Mustang Cobra Convertible Owner: K Beverly Lake Anna Cruisers Car Club 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival® Parade Produced by the National Cherry Blossom Festival in association with JM Best Entertainment, Inc. Producer and Director JOHN M. BEST Coordinating Producer TODD MARCOCCI UNDER THE SUN PRODUCTIONS, INC. Associate Producer AMY WALP Producer SARAH GRIFFITH Production Managers BRENDA GOLDSMITH ARIN DALE Production Coordinator BRANDON STELLATO Musical Director JONATHAN BARR Associate Director SUSAN KOPENSKY Script Coordinator RACHEL KAGAN Parade Supervisors MIGUEL BERRIOS RICKE STIMMEL JEFF CALL ARIS POULOUS JENNIFER BIRGE LARRY MADISON LARRY HARVEY PAT HARVEY MICHAEL HARROD Mass Groups CHRIS CROMWELL Coordination JAMIE HUGHES LEE CROMWELL MADELYN LAUVER Costume Designer TINA HEINZE TINA’S COSTUMES Costume Supervisor ANGELA BOWLES Lead Choreographers LADEVA DAVIS ROBBIE MACKEY TODD MARCOCCI Television Facilities WPVI TV – Philadelphia TERRY BELFORD MARC BRESS HERB KIRCHER Audio Mixer JASON GRIFFITH Still Photographer RON ENGLE Parade Operations COURTNEY BEARD CHRIS D’ARCY JENNIFER DEEMS JOE ESPOSITO CORY RYAN FRANK VICTOR HOLLADAY JACQUELINE LORO CHRIS MEHRHOLZ PAUL MAIDAS ADAM NAROFF MATTHEW REIPRICH ROCCO RICHARDSON DANIEL PAYNE KELLY SWEENEY GARY ULRICH Choreographers DIANNE COPELAND ADCOCK KELLY WHEELER TODD MARCOCCI LADEVA DAVIS HEDY PERNA LATASHA CASEY JOANNE MCBRIDE JOANN BROADUS



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Carmine’s • CitySights DC • CSI Printing & Graphics • Japan National Tourism Organization • Johnson’s Florist and Garden Centers • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. • Newseum • Omega Recording Studios • University of the District of Columbia • The Washington Informer


YAYOI KUSAMA: AN ICONIC EXHIBITION AT THE HIRSHHORN The 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival is honored to coincide with the debut of this unprecedented art experience. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to explore the talents of legendary Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, whose whimsical, kaleidoscopic creations are currently on view at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum. See unique and extraordinary works never before shown in the U.S., and take an unforgettable sensory journey through the highly anticipated Infinity Mirror Room exhibit. Learn more about the artist and her 65-year career in these signature programs: Film Screening: Nearly Equal Yayoi Kusama: I Adore Myself (2008) This documentary follows the artist

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Yayoi Kusama as she works on her newest art and reacts to the world around her. The film explores the thinking and creative process behind her Infinity Mirror Rooms. Sunday, March 26, 3 PM Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW M L’Enfant Plaza or Smithsonian FREE Friday Gallery Talk: Mika Yoshitake on Kusama’s Pumpkin Join Associate Curator Mika Yoshitake as she discusses Kusama’s monumental Pumpkin, which made its U.S. debut on the Hirshhorn Plaza in November 2016. Friday, April 14, 12:30 PM Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW M L’Enfant Plaza or Smithsonian FREE


Festival Favorites Plus Fabulous New Arrivals! Now’s your chance to get your National Cherry Blossom Festival official merchandise! Visit the tents at the Festival Welcome Area near the paddle boats at the Tidal Basin (3/15 – 4/2), at Festival Headquarters at Union Station (3/13 – 4/19) and at select Festival events to find apparel, tote bags, key chains, books, and more. For an expanded line of products, including the Festival’s 2017 official poster by acclaimed local artist Lawrence “Naturel” Atoique, visit

NATUREL, OFFICIAL ARTIST OF THE 2017 NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: A native of nearby Landover, Maryland, Naturel produces sharp, futuristic artwork that has quickly emerged in today’s contemporary art scene. Considered an influencer with a massive social media following, Naturel has attracted celebrity clients such as Swizz Beatz, Rihanna, Spike Lee, Paul Rosenberg and LeBron James, among others. Working directly with Jay-Z on iconic apparel designs, he has also served as a creative collaborator for global campaigns. This year, Naturel’s artwork is featured on the Festival’s official poster – an annual collector’s item – as well as on various Festival merchandise.

National Cherry Blossom Festival MUST-DO LIST

• Wake up early to experience the Tidal Basin at sunrise • Fly a kite on the National Mall • Attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® • Eat at a “Cherry Picks” restaurant • Capture a photo of the cherry blossoms at peak bloom • Watch the fireworks at the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival • Dance to live music at the ANA Performance Stage • Rent a paddle boat at the Tidal Basin • Celebrate the 105th anniversary of the gift of trees at the Opening Ceremony • Pick up a gift or souvenir at the Festival’s Merchandise Headquarters at Union Station • Explore one of the beautiful gardens in Washington, DC and beyond • Take in a free concert or performance • Visit an art exhibit


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Something for Everyone, Every Day!

From Wednesday, March 15 – Sunday, April 2, enjoy free live performances at the ANA Performance Stage at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area. Presented with the National Park Service, the Welcome Area is open from 10 AM – 7 PM as your source for Festival information and an array of fun activities in the Information Tent. Prepare to be dazzled by a wide variety of cross-cultural entertainment at the ANA Performance Stage from 12 Noon to 6 PM daily. Performances feature a dynamic mix of American, Japanese, and other international artists celebrating a lasting friendship symbolized by the gift of flowering cherry trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC. Media sponsor is 94.7 Fresh FM. Special performance days will feature: BloomBars Day supported by Jason Cohen/Keller Williams Real Estate (3/22), Passport DC Preview Day with Cultural Tourism DC (3/23), Sing Into Spring Finalists (3/25) and India Day (4/1).


The Art of Kimono

Presented with the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative, this community art show features inspiring works by DC public and charter school students. This year’s contest theme focuses on kimono and how their fabric’s color and pattern show the wearer’s social status, personal identity and cultural awareness. Students will be challenged to use symbols and icons in the framework of a kimono pattern to express what they look forward to when spring arrives and cherry blossoms are in bloom. View the top submissions from these talented young artists at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery. The Gallery is located at 702

8th Street, NW, and is open Tuesday – Friday from 12 Noon to 4 PM. On Friday, March 24, it will be open to public from 4 to 6 PM. Kimono Exhibit – See a small exhibit of rare and unusual kimono with full descriptions. Noted kimono expert and author Paul MacLardy will be on hand to talk about the kimono during the first three days of the event. Kimono Trunk Sale Fundraiser View hundreds of antique and vintage silk kimono, cotton yukata and Japanese gifts and jewelry available for purchase. Friday, March 24 from 4 to 6 PM; Saturday, March 25 from 10 AM to 4 PM; and Sunday, March 26 from 10 AM to 2 PM. All proceeds to benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Media sponsors include El Zol 107.9 and WPGC 95.5.


Spectacular Fun for Everyone!

Presented by Harris Teeter

Experience a day and night of sensational sights! On Saturday, April 15 from 2 to 9:30 PM, the 2017 Festival draws to a close with riverfront festivities for the whole family.

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Share in our commitment to the region and be a vital source of funding for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Your support will not only help sustain the Festival’s events and experiences to remain primarily free to the public, but support the important stewardship effort toward the preservation and protection of the cherry trees (10% of your donation will go directly to the Cherry Tree Endowment). Visit to donate today.

2 – 9:30 PM at District Wharf Enjoy live music, food trucks, a beer and cider garden and all-ages fun, including photo booths, corn hole, bracelet making and koi windsock crafts, calligraphy, and more! 6 – 9 PM at Titanic Memorial in Southwest Waterfront Park Don’t miss this prelude to a dazzling fireworks display! Take part in an evening of live music and family-friendly activities – including glow-in-the-dark crafts!

At 8:30 PM, watch a fireworks spectacular light up the night! For best views, claim a spot in Waterfront Park, closest to the Titanic Memorial. Additional vantage points are located along the waterfront or at Hains Point. The Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival is presented by Harris Teeter and Gain, Pantene, Pampers, and Febreze. Event supporting sponsor is District Wharf. Additional supporters include Strongbow, Kirin, Odyssey and Spirit Cruises, The Color Run, and Washington Waterfront Association. Event media sponsors are HOT 99.5 and WETA-TV.


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2017 Festival Event Schedule Art in the Palm of your Hand: Netsuke in Japanese Culture FREE THURS, 3/16 6:30 – 8 PM Discussion and demo of the traditional art of netsuke – sculptural objects used to carry men’s belongings, and enviable status symbols in ancient Japan. Freer|Sackler Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Avenue, SW M Smithsonian Pink Tie Party Fundraiser presented by All Nippon Airways (ANA) TICKETS THURS, 3/16 7 – 11 PM Hosted by Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA)/Ronald Reagan Building Wear your finest “Pink Tie” cocktail attire and enjoy an evening of delicious spring-inspired cuisine and cocktails from local restaurants, a silent auction spectacular, engaging experiences, music, dancing and more. Must be 21 or over. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW M Federal Triangle An Evening of Kyogen: Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe FREE TUES, 3/21 8 PM Enjoy a centuries-old Japanese theater tradition. This troupe performs brief comic plays that often serve as interludes between Noh dramas. Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 101 Independence Avenue, SE M Capitol South Art at the Center presented by Events DC FREE WED, 3/22 6:30 PM Join a curator-led public art tour featuring Washingtonian and internationally recognized artists. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW M Mt. Vernon Square–7th St– Convention Center An Evening of Kyogen: Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe FREE THURS, 3/23 1 PM Enjoy a rich theater tradition spanning more than 500 years. This troupe performs brief comic plays that often serve as interludes between Noh dramas. Freer|Sackler Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Avenue, SW M Smithsonian “Mifune: The Last Samurai” Film Screening FREE THURS, 3/23 6:30 PM Signature event

Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki explores the career of Toshiro Mifune, a true giant of world cinema who collaborated with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese film. Japan Information & Culture Center, 1150 18th Street, NW Suite 100 M Farragut North or Farragut West Friday Gallery Talk: Orchid Exhibit Installation FREE FRI, 3/24 12:30 PM Experts share the making of Orchids: A Moment at the Hirshhorn, the museum’s 22nd annual orchid exhibition presented by Smithsonian Gardens and the U.S. Botanic Garden. Hundreds of exotic orchids are displayed in a colorful installation featuring time-lapse videos of blossoming flowers. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW M L’Enfant Plaza or Smithsonian May J. Special Performance FREE FRI, 3/24 6 PM A special pop-up performance by May J., one of the most celebrated female singers in Japan. This J-pop artist is best known for singing the end roll version of “Let It Go” in the Japanese release of Disney’s “Frozen.” John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage, 2700 F Street, NW M Foggy Bottom–GWU The 6821 Quintet at Evermay Georgetown TICKETS FRI, 3/24 7 – 9 PM This classical music ensemble was specially assembled for the Festival by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation. Enjoy cocktails followed by a chamber-style performance at the historic Evermay estate. Evermay Georgetown, 1623 28th Street, NW M Dupont Circle or Foggy Bottom–GWU EL Squad Public Hip Hop Workshop FREE FRI, 3/24 8 – 10 PM Learn from renowned Japanese street dance crew, EL Squad, as they teach their signature “Light Dance” – a mesmerizing blend of dance, music and electroluminescent technology – in this open-to-the-public workshop. The Jack Guidone Theater at Joy of Motion Dance Center Friendship Heights, 5207 Wisconsin Avenue, NW M Friendship Heights Japanese Culture Day FREE SAT, 3/25 10 AM – 3 PM

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Discover Japanese culture with origami, kimono dress-up, karate demos, tiara making with former Cherry Blossom princesses, the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC’s “Japan-In-A-Suitcase” program, and more! Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE M Capitol South SAAM Cherry Blossom Celebration presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum FREE SAT, 3/25 11:30 AM – 3 PM Visit the Kogod Courtyard for Japanese music and performances, face painting, cherry blossom-themed crafts, a scavenger hunt, activities with Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler Asian art museums, and more! Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets, NW M Gallery Place–Chinatown Film Screening: “Yojimbo” FREE SAT, 3/25 2 PM Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s visually stunning and darkly comic “Yojimbo”. This exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential and entertaining films of all time. Freer Sackler Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Avenue, SW M Smithsonian Opening Ceremony co-presented with the Japan Foundation FREE (advanced ticketing required) SAT, 3/25 5 – 6:30 PM Watch world-renowned performers welcome spring to Washington, DC and celebrate the 105th anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan to the U.S. Enjoy traditional and modern performances by May J., EL Squad, Shigeyama Kyogen and The 6821 Quintet. Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street, NW M Metro Center

Philharmonic blend music with nature throughout the Tidal Basin. Wander and enjoy music that seamlessly fits the natural environment of each location. Tidal Basin, 1501 Maine Avenue, SW M Smithsonian

in Tyson’s Corner Center. Enjoy free gifts, Japanese craft demonstrations and much more! Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road McLean, VA M Tysons Corner

Southwest Chamber Players Concert FREE FRI, 3/31 7 PM Enjoy classical chamber music including Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and more celebrating the Southwest Chamber Players’ 20th season. The gala highlights the reopening of St. Augustine’s church after two years of construction. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 555 Water Street, SW M Waterfront

The Willard Rosé Romp TICKETS SAT, 4/1 1 – 5 PM The Willard Hotel and Chateau D’Esclans winery – France’s most prominent Rosé wine house – present a daytime wine social with Executive Chef food stations featuring creations from InterContinental Hotel chefs worldwide. Must be 21 or over. The Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW M Metro Center

19th Annual National Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk FREE SAT, 4/1 9 AM – 12 Noon Take part in a short, non-competitive walk and program honoring the JapaneseAmerican spirit of patriotism and perseverance during World War II. National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, Louisiana Avenue, New Jersey Avenue & D Street, NW M Union Station Blossom Kite Festival FREE SAT, 4/1 10 AM – 4:30 PM Join this day-long event featuring kite-making activities, youth kite-flying competitions, flight demos by master kite makers, an open area for public flying, and more. Washington Monument Grounds, Constitution Avenue & 17th Street, NW M Smithsonian

Duo YUMENO Performance FREE SAT, 4/1 6 – 7 PM New York-based koto / shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki create a fusion inspired by tradition, but with a modern sensibility. Join them to explore the dialogue between classical Japanese and western music. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage, 2700 F Street, NW M Foggy Bottom–GWU Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5k Run-Walk FREE SUN, 4/2 7:30 – 11 AM World-class runners and 15,000 running enthusiasts tour the cherry blossoms in the 45th annual “Runner’s Rite of Spring®” in the Nation’s Capital. Closed to entrants, open to spectators. Washington Monument Grounds, 15th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW M Smithsonian

EL Squad Performance TICKETS SUN, 3/26 6:30 – 8 PM The Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan and Joy of Motion co-present EL Squad, a revolutionary street dance team from Japan. This pop-up performance features “Light Dance,” a blend of dance, music, and wearable electroluminescent technology. Kreeger Theatre at Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street, SW M Waterfront Shift Festival: Boulder Philharmonic Pop-Up Performance FREE WED, 3/29 10 AM – 12 Noon Small chamber groups from the Boulder

Japanese Plum Wine Tasting TICKETS SAT, 4/1 4:30 – 6 PM Explore Japan’s other springtime blossom – the ume or plum blossom. Learn its importance as a cultural symbol and culinary ingredient, and how to distinguish it from the cherry blossom. Sample plum liqueurs and enjoy sweet and savory accompaniments. Must be 21 or over. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA

National Cherry Blossom Day at the Fairfax County Visitor Center FREE SAT, 4/1 1 – 3 PM Fairfax County, Virginia celebrates the Festival at its Visitor Information Center

Taste of Japan at Cherry Blossom Time FREE SUN, 4/2 11 AM – 12:30 PM & 1 – 2:30 PM Sample green teas and sweets, make your own painted fans, view Japanese artifacts, and learn about 19th century Japanese/ American ties.


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National Cherry Blossom Festival FREE along parade route (tickets required for grandstand seating) SAT, 4/8 10 AM – 12 Noon This time-honored DC tradition features marching bands, costumed characters, giant balloons, elaborate floats, and much more! Featuring live performances from Drew Lachey, Jo Dee Messina, DJ Kool, Brian Justin Crum, and more. Buy grandstand tickets at Constitution Avenue, between 7th and 17th Streets, NW M Federal Triangle or Archives–Navy Mem’l–Penn Quarter

Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA

Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe FREE THURS, 4/6 6 – 7 PM Thundering taiko drumming meets traditional Japanese dance in a special performance. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage, 2700 F Street, NW M Foggy Bottom–GWU

National Greenscape Corridor Bike Ride FREE SUN, 4/2 11AM – 4PM Join this 11-mile bike ride through downtown DC, exploring the rich history of three landmark green spaces within our nation’s capital. Presented with the U.S. National Arboretum. BicycleSPACE, 2424 18th Street, NW M Woodley Park–Zoo Official Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony FREE SUN, 4/2 3 – 4:30 PM Presented by the National Park Service & National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) The official lighting of the Japanese Stone Lantern at the Tidal Basin, a gift from Japan to the United States in 1954. Tidal Basin, Independence Avenue & 17th Street, SW M Smithsonian National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) Cherry Blossom Princess Celebration of the States TICKETS MON, 4/3 6 – 8 PM This evening reception from NCSS and its international partners introduces the 2017 U.S. and International NCSS Cherry Blossom Princesses. Each princess is introduced by her state or territory representative. The Army and Navy Club, 901 17th Street, NW M Farragut North or Farragut West Japan and Africa: Regional views and U.S.-Japan Cooperation FREE TUES, 4/4 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM Part of the “Views of Japan” event series, an expert panel and Q&A discuss how African countries and the U.S. view Japan’s economic and security contributions in Africa. The Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW M Dupont Circle Signature event

National Japan Bowl – Championship Rounds FREE FRI, 4/7 2 – 5 PM In a quiz-show format, teams of high school students from across the nation are tested on their knowledge of Japanese language and culture in this 25th annual competition. National 4-H Youth Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD M Bethesda National Conference of State Societies Cherry Blossom Grand Ball TICKETS FRI, 4/7 6:30 PM – Midnight A premier black-tie affair with sushi, cocktails, dinner and dancing to introduce the 2017 Cherry Blossom Princesses and crown the 2017 U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen. Marriott Gateway, Crystal City, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA M Crystal City Newseum Nights: In Bloom TICKETS FRI, 4/7 7:30 – 10 PM Explore the Newseum’s most popular exhibits while enjoying open beer and wine bars, light food, curator-led gallery talks, cherry blossom-themed activities, entertainment, and more. Must be 21 or over. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW M Archives–Navy Mem’l–Penn Quarter National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC

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Ikebana Flower Arranging Workshop FREE SAT, 4/8 10 – 11:30 AM Visit beautiful Green Spring Gardens to learn about Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. With the help of an instructor, make an arrangement of your own. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival presented by The JapanAmerica Society of Washington, DC TICKETS SAT, 4/8 10:30 AM – 6 PM The largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the U.S. returns to the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, offering four stages and more than 80 cultural groups, food booths and arts vendors. M Street and New Jersey Avenue, SE M Navy Yard–Ballpark Landscape and Nature’s Significance at the Phillips Collection TICKETS SAT, 4/8 12 Noon – 1 PM Tour world-class works from the Phillips Collection and explore nature’s significance in French and American modern art. See works by Renoir, Rothko, Bonnard, O’Keeffe, van Gogh and Diebenkorn. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, NW M Dupont Circle Family Afternoon: Design with Nature FREE SUN, 4/9 11 AM – 2 PM Examine how nature can inspire design and how designers intentionally integrate nature into the built environment. Enjoy hands-on activities, a community garden project and other opportunities to learn about Japanese art and design. National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW M Judiciary Sq Sakura Taiko Fest 2017 – A Japanese Drumming Celebration FREE SUN, 4/9 12 Noon – 2 PM Enjoy a lively and dynamic lineup of

Japanese-American drumming groups. Explore artistic traditions with high-energy rhythm and movement, and try taiko for yourself! Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall, 8270 Alumni Drive, College Park, MD M College Park–U of MD

“Field” Trip: Drinks and Bites on a Rooftop Farm TICKETS TUES, 4/11 5 – 7:30 PM Enjoy farm-to-table dining and iconic views of the Nation’s Capital. Each bite features produce grown just steps away in this urban oasis of a rooftop farm. Must be 21 or over. 55 M Street, SE M Navy Yard–Ballpark

Moonlight Revelry: A Rakugo Performance FREE SUN, 4/9 12 Noon – 2 PM A performance of Rakugo – a traditional Japanese form of storytelling – marks the opening of the Inventing Utamaro exhibition. Actor Katsura Sunshine brings an 18th century artistic work to life by revealing its hidden stories. Freer|Sackler Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Avenue, SW M Smithsonian

Blossoms & Baseball with the Washington Nationals TICKETS TUES, 4/11 7:05 PM A beloved springtime tradition, the National Cherry Blossom Festival returns to Nationals Park this year with “Blossoms and Baseball.” Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street, SE M Navy Yard–Ballpark

Anacostia River Festival Presented by 11th Street Bridge Park, National Park Service, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival FREE SUN, 4/9 1 – 5 PM Celebrate the Anacostia River and explore its surrounding parks and communities

Events DC Cherry Blast! TICKETS FRI, 4/14 7 PM – Midnight Dock 5 at Union Market is transformed into a busy streetscape depicting Japan’s dynamic culture and ambiance. Experience a Night Market curated by acclaimed

with crafts, fishing workshops, kayaking and canoeing, drum circles, trail rides, live music, a bike parade, and other activities for all ages. Anacostia Park, Anacostia Drive & Good Hope Road, SE M Anacostia

Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, an interactive arts showcase, eSports Lounge, and more. Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th Street, NE M NoMa–Gallaudet

Bonsai – Stories, Inspiration, Art: Another Special Gift of Trees from Japan FREE TUES, 4/11 12 Noon – 1 PM Learn about Japan’s gift of 53 bonsai trees to the U.S. for its Bicentennial, leading to the founding of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. DC-area authors will share their bonsai experiences in an illustrated panel presentation. Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE M Capitol South

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival presented by Harris Teeter FREE SAT, 4/15 2 – 9:30 PM Beginning at 2 PM, join us for free music, a beer garden, food trucks, all-ages hands-on activities, and more at the Wharf. Finish the night with a dazzling fireworks display at 8:30 PM along the Southwest Waterfront, with best views in Waterfront Park. Pre-fireworks programming begins in Waterfront Park at 6 PM. 650 Water Street, SW to the Titanic Memorial M L’Enfant Plaza or Waterfront


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National Cherry Blossom Festival Underneath It All: An Underground Fashion Showcase TICKETS SAT, 4/15 7:30 PM Featuring acclaimed local designers, this runway show co-produced by Dupont Underground and the Commission on Fashion Arts and Events celebrates DC’s cultural diversity and honors the international relationships that inspired the Festival. Dupont Underground, 19th Street Entrance, 1500 19th Street, NW M Dupont Circle

Basin, 1501 Maine Avenue, SW M Smithsonian WED, 3/15 – SUN, 4/2 10 AM – 7 PM Performances 12 Noon – 6 PM Daily outdoor performances at the ANA Performance Stage feature captivating examples of cross-cultural exchange against a monument- and blossom-filled backdrop. At the Welcome Area, presented with the National Park Service, visitors have access to Festival information and various all-ages activities.

Classical Piano Recital Rachel Kudo FREE MON, 4/17 6 – 7 PM Japanese-American pianist Rachel Kudo will share her musical passion in a richly varied program of classical masterpieces. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage, 2700 F Street, NW M Foggy Bottom–GWU

Meet Netsuke – Storytellers of Japan FREE Japan Information & Culture Center, 1150 18th Street, NW, Suite 100 M Farragut North WED, 3/15 – MON, 5/15 9 AM – 5 PM (closed weekends & holidays) A special spring exhibition of the Japanese miniature sculptures, “netsuke”, from the Edo period. These objects of art feature a variety of motifs, each with a unique story to share about Japan. Works loaned courtesy of Evergreen Museum & Library, the Johns Hopkins University, and the Beverly and Jay Hopkins Collection. Additional programs include: WED, 3/15 6:30 – 8 PM Opening lecture MON, 4/10 6:30 – 8 PM Rakugo performance

ONGOING EVENTS Performances, exhibitions and more taking place throughout the Festival. For details, including ticket pricing, visit

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors FREE Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW M L’Enfant Plaza or Smithsonian THURS, 2/23 – SUN, 5/14 10 AM – 5:30 PM Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors celebrates the legendary Japanese artist’s 65-year career and promises to be one of 2017’s essential art experiences. Discover six of Kusama’s captivating Infinity Mirror Rooms alongside a selection of her other key works, including paintings never before shown in the U.S. Additional programs include: SUN, 3/26 3 PM – Documentary: “Nearly Equal Yayoi Kusama: I Adore Myself (2008)” SUN, 4/9 3 PM – Film: “Black Gate Theater” FRI, 4/14 12:30 PM – Gallery Talk: Mika Yoshitake on Kusama’s Pumpkin Online Tidal Basin Paddle Boat Rentals presented by Guest Services, Inc. TICKETS Paddle Boat Parking Lot, 1501 Maine Avenue, SW M Smithsonian WED, 3/1 – SUN, 4/16 10 AM – 12 Noon Enjoy a paddle boat ride along the Tidal Basin and experience the best views of the blooming cherry blossom trees. Reserve your paddle boat at www. Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage FREE Festival Welcome Area at the Tidal

CineMatsuri 2017 TICKETS Landmark Theatres E-Street Cinema, 555 11th Street, NW M Metro Center SUN, 3/19 – THURS, 3/23 For times, visit CineMatsuri showcases five of Japan’s most recently acclaimed films, each in a different genre, reflecting the richness and diversity of today’s Japanese cinema. All films will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Glorious Gardens Self-Guided Tours presented by Visit Fairfax FREE Various locations MON, 3/20 – SUN, 4/16 Fairfax County, located just outside the District, is home to several splendid gardens that welcome Festival visitors with a special gift. Check in at the main desk and ask for your free memento. Contact gardens for respective hours and directions. Green Spring 703.642.5173 Meadowlark 703.255.3631 (small admission fee) River Farm 703.768.5700 Kimono Talks and Sale FREE Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th Street, NW M Gallery Place–Chinatown FRI, 3/24 4 – 6 PM; SAT, 3/25 10 AM – 4 PM; SUN, 3/26 10 AM – 2 PM Enjoy an exclusive exhibit of rare and

unusual kimono with expert Paul MacLardy. Hundreds of antique and vintage silk kimono, cotton yukata and Japanese gifts and jewelry will be available to purchase, including a book by MacLardy that he may personally sign. Proceeds benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival. National Park Service Ranger-Led Programs FREE M Smithsonian WED, 3/15 - SUN, 4/9 Here’s your chance to get an up-close look at the cherry blossoms! Learn more about these natural treasures and enjoy one of the many programs led by individuals who care for the trees year-round. Birds and Blooms Walk 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8 at 7:30 AM World War II Memorial Run with a Ranger 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 and 4/8 at 9 AM Washington Monument Lodge Ranger Bike Tours 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8 at 1 PM Lincoln Memorial Plaza Pups ‘n’ Petals Dog Walk 3/18-19, 3/25-26, 4/1-2 and 4/8 at 2 PM Thomas Jefferson Memorial Lantern Walk 3/17-3/19, 3/24-3/26, 3/31-4/2, 4/7-4/8 beginning at 8 PM

Tidal Basin Welcome Area Junior Ranger Activities (Daily, 10 AM – 6 PM) Tidal Basin Welcome Area Cherry Blossom Talk – Jefferson (Daily, 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM & 6 PM) Thomas Jefferson Memorial Cherry Blossom Talk – Roosevelt (Daily, 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM & 5 PM) Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial *Note: Cherry Blossom Talks at Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorials will continue through SUN, 4/9 Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered FREE Freer|Sackler Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Avenue, SW M Smithsonian SAT, 4/8 – SUN, 7/9 10 AM – 5:30 PM Not shown together since 1879, three large-scale works by the legendary Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro are reunited in Inventing Utamaro. The exhibition showcases “Moonlight Revelry at Dozo Sagami” from the Freer|Sackler Gallery, “Fukagawa in the Snow” from the Okada Museum of Art, and “Cherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara” from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. After nearly 140 years, the Freer|Sackler is the only location where the original triptych will be on view.

Japanese Jazz Series TICKETS Blues Alley Jazz Society, 1073 Wisconsin Avenue, NW M Foggy Bottom–GWU SAT, 4/15 – WED, 4/19 8 – 9:30 PM & 10 – 11:30 PM Listen to talented emerging musicians during this unique Japanese jazz performance series presented by the Embassy of Japan. Tiger Okoshi Quintet (Trumpet) SAT, 4/15 & SUN, 4/16 Mao Sone Quartet (Trumpet/Piano) MON, 4/17 Erena Terakubo Quartet (Sax) TUES, 4/18 Ami Nakazono (Sax/Contemporary Jazz) WED, 4/19

Show your support for the National Cherry Blossom Festival by bidding on items in the online auction. From March 20 – April 16 bid on unique experiences, vacations, hotel packages, restaurant gift cards and more. Funds raised during the auction help keep Festival events free and accessible to the community. Visit to see full list of items available.


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weekendpass Landmark Theatres’ annual Studio Ghibli series is back! On weekends through April 16, you can see the Japanese animated film studio’s big hits like “Spirited Away” “The Wind Rises” and “My Neighbor Totoro,” along with lesser-known films including “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” and “Only Yesterday.” With two exceptions (“Totoro” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service”), the movies will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles. The films are running on different schedules at Landmark’s E Street, Bethesda Row and West End cinemas, so check their websites to plan your animation gorgefest.

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Bethesda Film Fest

Say hello to Al Pacino’s little friend (ew, not that little friend) with a latenight screening of Brian De Palma’s 1983 gangster epic “Scarface.” It’s one of those films that’s entered the cultural lexicon to the point where people who haven’t seen it feel like they have, but there is more to it than machine guns and absolutely obscene amounts of cocaine. It’s really about the American dream, and how it can be achieved with machine guns and absolutely obscene amounts of cocaine.

The Bethesda Film Fest is back for a fifth year with five documentary shorts, all made by local filmmakers. This year’s subjects are pretty wideranging, to say the least: One film is about a 97-year-old WWII veteran who visits a comrade in arms he hasn’t seen since the end of the war; another is about a doctor who helps the state of Georgia execute inmates; another is about collard greens. All five films will be presented at three different screenings.

Angelika Film Center at Mosaic, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax; Fri. & Sat., 11:45 p.m., $8.


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Millennium Stage 20th Anniversary

Story Time Gala The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will host one more big party before its big renovation gets underway. The second annual Story Time Gala, which benefits the D.C. Public Library system’s early childhood literacy programs, will feature dishes and drinks from notable District restaurants and bars, including Maketto, Columbia Room, The Source and Southern Efficiency. The gala will also feature performances and music.


Where else besides the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage can you find classical ensembles, worldmusic groups, ballet troupes, hip-hop artists, jazz quartets or tap dancers performing free every day of the year? The Kennedy Center marks the stage’s anniversary this month with a dance party featuring the Irish/klezmer/ bluegrass stew of Scythian and the New Orleans funk and rock of Big Sam’s Funky Nation.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW; Thu., 6:30-10 p.m., $150.


Dungen Swedish psych rock band Dungen’s latest album, “Haxan,” is a marked divergence for the group. The all-instrumental album, which the band is playing on tour, was written as an alternate score for the 1926 German animated film “The Adventures of Prince Achmed.” “Haxan” isn’t the best introduction to Dungen’s vibrant psychedelic compositions, but these instrumental songs are a nice complement.



June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation

Chris Hayes, ‘A Colony in a Nation’

Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; through Aug. 27, free.

On the day his book “A Colony in a Nation” is released, MSNBC host Chris Hayes will be in the District for a signing and conversation with Slate political correspondent Jamelle Bouie. Hayes examines the U.S. criminal justice system in the new book, focusing on the role that race plays in policing.

As June Schwarcz created sculptures, wall-mounted pieces, bowls, boxes and other vessels, her enameling incorporated a variety of materials and new techniques — and took inspiration from a number of cultures. This retrospective of the pioneering artist, who worked well into her 90s before her death in 2015, puts nearly 60 of her pieces on display, some for the first time.

worry: 17 other drafts and bottles coming from the brewery will be available. The Sovereign, 1206 Wisconsin Ave. NW; Fri., 5 p.m.

DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW; Fri., 7 p.m., $15.




Fantome St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza

‘Nufonia Must Fall’

When people feel the need to drink green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s usually some light beer with green food coloring added. But at The Sovereign, they’re tapping something naturally delicious and green: Vertignasse, a funky, green-tinged farmhouse saison from Belgium’s Fantome brewery. (Ingredients including spinach juice provide the color.) If that sounds too weird, don’t

Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Sun., 6-8 p.m., free.

DJ Kid Koala created this story of an aging, nearly obsolete droid, T4, who falls in love with a human, Malorie, as a graphic novel in 2003. The stage performance, directed by K.K. Barrett, combines puppetry on more than a dozen tiny sets, video capture and projection, and music performed by the DJ and the Afiara string quartet. Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW; Sat., 8 p.m., $25-$45.


Carly Aquilino Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington; Fri., 7:30 & 10 p.m.; Sat., 7 & 10 p.m., $20.

There are a couple of good reasons to see comedian Carly Aquilino live this weekend. First, for her dry, no-nonsense advice, which she’s reliably doled out over the years on MTV’s “Girl Code.” (“The ideal engagement ring looks like a princess threw up on your hand,” she once mused on the show.) We’re also eager to see how her hair stylist has most recently spun the color wheel: No one can pull off fireengine red, shocking platinum or bright magenta like Aquilino has over the past few years.

Sixth and I, 600 I St. NW; Tue., 7:30 p.m., sold out.


Foxygen You can’t deny that Foxygen likes to go big: The indie rock duo brought 14 musicians onstage for a recent performance on “Conan,” and their latest album, “Hang,” was recorded with a symphony orchestra. Let’s hope the 9:30 Club is big enough to hold them when they headline next week. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW; Wed., 7 p.m., $25.

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going out guide Selected listings from Head online for venue information and more events and activities!


Sy Smith

Capathia Jenkins

Montego Glover

Sophisticated Ladies: 100 Years of Ella & Company

Sneaks: Eva Moolchan — the 21-year-old Silver Spring native who performs as Sneaks — makes music that feels straightforward, yet unknowable. The songs on her magnetic “It’s a Myth,” due out this month, are mostly made with bass guitar, drum machine and her voice, landing in a sweet spot between early hip-hop and minimal post-punk. Wednesday, she performs at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

The Fillmore: PnB Rock, Lightshow,

March 24 & 25 | Concert Hall

5 p.m.

8:30 p.m.


The Hamilton: Young Dubliners, John

U Street Music Hall: Black Coffee, DJ

Byrne Band, 7:30 p.m.

Lisa Frank, 10 p.m.

For Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th, acclaimed singers Sy Smith, Capathia Jenkins, and Montego Glover come together to celebrate the legendary music of the First Lady of Song, plus favorites made famous by Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington.


The Howard Theatre: Rawayana,

9:30 Club: Katatonia, Caspian and


Zakke, 8 p.m.

9:30 Club: Galactic, Corey Glover and

U Street Music Hall: Minnesota,

the Hip Abduction, 8 p.m.

Uncured, 7 p.m.

Birchmere: Vanessa Carlton, Tristen

Massacat and Ayes Cold, 10:30 p.m.

and Skye Steele, 7:30 p.m.

Amp by Strathmore: Loston Harris,


8 p.m.

Black Cat: Foster Carrots, Go Cozy and Keeper, 7:30 p.m.

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club: O’Malley’s March, 8 p.m.

Birchmere: Tom Rush, Matt Nakoa,

Birchmere: Chris Knight and Will Hoge,

Black Cat: People’s Blues of Richmond, Wild Adriatic and Kid Brother, 8 p.m.

Tickets also available at the Box Office. Groups call (202) 416-8400.

7:30 p.m.

Blues Alley: Peter White, 8 p.m.,

EagleBank Arena: Maluma, 8 p.m.

through March 19.

Gypsy Sally’s: The Southern Belles,

David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.

Blues Alley: Nicholas Payton, 8 p.m. DC9: Oathbreaker, King Woman, Jaye Jayle and Sera, 8 p.m.

Gypsy Sally’s: Consider the Source, Felix Martin, 8:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

Comet Ping Pong: Vundabar, Sports

Telesma and Definition of One, 8:30 p.m.

Mansion at Strathmore: Eviyan, 7:30

and Plastic Nancy, 10 p.m.


Lincoln Theatre: The Magnetic Fields:

Echostage: Borgore, Herobust, LAXX

Smithsonian American Art

and Ray Volpe, 9 p.m.

50 Song Memoir, 6:30 p.m., through CONTINUED ON PAGE 32

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! KENNEDY-CENTER.ORG | (202) 467-4600 For all other ticket-related customer service inquiries, call the Advance Sales Box Office at (202) 416-8540.

AARP is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2016-2017 NSO Pops Season.

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B FEATURED LISTING B The Best Musical Show of the Year

Tango Lovers La Cumparsita Centennial

Saturday, April 1st 2017 at 8 pm

On the Centennial of the iconic Tango, La Cumparsita, directly from Argentina and Uruguay Tango Lovers’ cast of 20 extraordinary artists presents one of the most dynamic, elegant and sensuous performances

GWU Lisner Auditorium 730 21st Street Washington, DC


Tango Lovers production awarded by ACE in New York

Tickets Available at the Box Office

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THEATRE Shear Madness The Kennedy Center Theater Lab

Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein's

Show Boat The Round House Teen Performance Company presents

Beach Week By Diana Metzger

Solas Nua’s American Premiere of

Coolatully Donizetti’s Comic Hit

Don Pasquale In English! Avant Bard presents

The Gospel at Colonus Now Playing

No Sisters Written & Directed by Aaron Posner

Regular Schedule: Tuesday–Friday at 8 Saturday at 6 & 9 Sunday at 3 & 7

January 12 - March 19

This Weekend Only! Fri at 8 pm Sat ay 2 & 8 pm Sun at 2 pm

This wildly popular interactive comedy whodunit keeps the audiences laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer. New clues and up to the minute improvisation deliver “shrieks of laughter night after night.” (Washington Post) Hammerstein & Kern’s classic hit, featuring show stopping songs like ‘Old Man River’ and ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man’. Helen Hayes Recommended. Take one beach house, four high school girls, and a week without parental supervision. Add (just a few) boys and (maybe some) booze. What’s the worst that could happen? A hilarious play about what happens when a group of high school graduates only has seven days left to come to grips with the rest of their lives.

Thursdays-Saturdays 8pm. Saturday & Sunday 2pm

“a provocative new work presented with a lot of consideration and heart.” -Broadway World

Opens this Saturday! Saturday 3/18 @ 8:00 Sun 3/19 & 3/26 @2:30 Friday 3/24 @ 8:00 Now playing to Mar 26 Thur-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sat & Sun at 2:00 pm.

Aging rock star Pasquale’s spiteful plot to marry backfires as young love wins. Vocal fireworks. LOL fun. Donizetti’s sparkling music w/ chamber ensemble. The legendary African American gospel musical. “Makes you want to rise and clap along!” -The Washington Post Aaron Posner’s latest re-imagined Chekhov radically intersects with its Russian progenitor—while Three Sisters plays out in one theatre, No Sisters performs upstairs in another: Same cast, same time, separate theatre… No Sisters: A wildly funny play about wildly unhappy people.

Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm Saturday – Sunday at 2:00pm Check website for complete schedule


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Studio Theatre 1501 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20005 202.332.3300,

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Sat, Mar 18, 8pm • GW Lisner Auditorium

Turntables and string quartet plus puppetry, live video, and more! “A mix of Chaplin follies and Pixar charm…the simplicity and sweetness of its characters serve to amplify the complexity of the production” – Boston Globe Special thanks: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; The National Endowment for the Arts; The Embassy of Canada and The Quebec Government Office The Guide to the Lively Arts appears: • Sunday in Arts & Style. deadline: Tues., 12 noon • Monday in Style. deadline: Friday, 12 noon • Tuesday in Style. deadline: Mon., 12 noon • Wednesday in Style. deadline: Tues., 12 noon • Thursday in Style. deadline: Wed., 12 noon • Thursday in Express. deadline: Wed., 12 noon • Friday in Weekend. deadline: Tues., 12 noon • Saturday in Style. deadline: Friday, 12 noon For information about advertising, call: Raymond Boyer 202-334-4174 or Nicole Giddens 202-334-4351 To reach a representative, call: 202-334-7006 |


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THEATRE Now Playing

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov directed by Jackson Gay

Studio Theatre 1501 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20005 202.332.3300,

Tickets available online and at the box office

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Conducted by Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, the program includes Leshnoff’s Clarinet Concerto, Nekudim featuring Ricardo Morales of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Sousa’s march, “The Liberty Bell;” & Barber’s Overture to The School for Scandal.

Schlesinger Concert Hall Northern Virginia Community College 4915 East Campus Dr. Alexandria, VA 202-433-4011

FREE, no tickets required

Free parking is available

Come get a sneak peak of the Sea Chanters National Tour program! The concert features a variety of music, including sea chanteys, music from “Beauty and the Beast,” a “Men of Motown” medley and patriotic tunes that honor our veterans.

Mountain View High School 2135 Mountain View Road Stafford, Va. 22556

Free, no tickets required

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Irina, Masha, and Olga bristle against the mundanities of their backwater town in Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece about missed opportunities and misplaced dreams.

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PERFORMANCES Marine Band: An American Parable

U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters chorus

Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m.

Friday, March 24, 7 p.m.


MUSIC - CHAMBER Dumbarton Concerts

Calidore String Quartet

The Calidore String Quartet’s program will dazzle you - Beethoven’s Quartet in F Major, Op. 135, Ligeti's Quartet No. 1, "Metamorphoses Nocturnes" and Dvo ák's Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, "American".

March 18 at 8pm

In the Wake of Beethoven

Dumbarton Concerts Dumbarton United Methodist Church 3133 Dumbarton St. NW Washington, DC 20007 202-965-2000

$35 Adult $30 Senior


MUSIC - CHORAL Spirited light shines through intimate, meditative music spanning from chant to renaissance to contemporary. Vocal chamber ensemble New York Polyphony joins the Cathedral Choral Society for a shared program of works by Tallis, Elgar, Tavener, Andrew Smith, Ola Gjeilo & more. Michael McCarthy, guest conductor.

Cathedral Choral Society

Amid a Crowd of Stars

Sunday, March 19, 4:00 p.m.

with New York Polyphony

Washington National Cathedral 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202-537-2228 877-537-2228

Starting at $25; students/ youth $15

Pre-concert talk at 3pm with Geoffrey Williams of NY Polyphony & conductor Michael McCarthy

MUSIC - CONCERTS Ash2Brown Entertainment Presents Live In Concert

Dexter Wansel w/Marilyn Ashford-Brown’s Three Sassy Ladies 2017 WCM Faculty Showcase Benefit for low-income student scholarships Salif Keita “Golden Voice of Africa” Live Concert

Bringing the soulful, R&B sounds of Philadelphia. Special guest vocal performances by: Julia Nixon and Tonya Lynette. Hosted by: Tony Richards

Bowie Center For The Performing Arts 15200 Annapolis Rd. Bowie, MD, 20715 301.805.6880 or 301.464.0678 Tickets Online:

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A fun mix of musical styles and genres: Drew Owen, cello; Cheryl Hill, clarinet; Dionne Laufman, Jaewon Lee, Haskell Small, Michael Adcock, Maribeth Gowen, piano; Steffani Kitayama, Kevin Jang, violin; Chris Barrick, vibes; Marty Nau, sax; Tina Eck, Irish flute and Keith Carr, bouzouki

Westmoreland Congregational Church 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda 301-320-2770 WashingtonConservatory.Org

FREE suggest $20 donation

Post-concert wine reception

Sunday April 9, 2017 Doors Open 6:30 pm Show starts 7:00 pm

Malian Musician and Living Legend known as the “Golden Voice of Africa” performs live with special guests. The concert will benefit his foundation for albinism awareness. Buy tickets today use code LOVE at:

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The Hamilton: Rhonda Vincent and the

March 19.

Rock & Roll Hotel: Two Dragons and a Cheetah, Atlas Bloom and Drive TFC, 8 p.m.

Rage, 6:30 p.m.

The Howard Theatre: Harlem Gospel Choir, 1:30 p.m.

The Fillmore: Little Steven and the


Disciples of Soul, 7 p.m.

Birchmere: Chris Botti, 7:30 p.m.,

The Hamilton: A Great Big World, Allie

through March 21.

Moss, 8 p.m.


The Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge: Rhett Repko, 10 p.m.

Blues Alley: Dayna Stephens Quintet,

U Street Music Hall: Jose James, Nate

DC9: Aaron Lee Tasjan, Luke Mitchem, 9 p.m.

Smith and Corey King, 7 p.m.



9:30 Club: Tennis, Rolling Blackouts

Black Cat: The Regrettes, Active Bird

Coastal Fever, 7 p.m.

Community, 7 p.m.

Echostage: Jeezy, 9 p.m.

Blues Alley: Eldar Trio, 8 p.m.

Rock & Roll Hotel: Nails, Toxic

Gypsy Sally’s: Pimps of Joytime,

Holocaust, Gatecreeper and Genocide Pact, 7 p.m.

Naughty Professor, 8:30 p.m.

The Barns at Wolf Trap: John Eaton,

Amistades Peligrosas and Lia Das, 8 p.m.


8 p.m.

The Howard Theatre: Ella Baila Sola,

Soule Monde: Drummer Russ Lawton and organ player Ray Paczkowski have been making music together as part of the Trey Anastasio Band for nearly two decades. The pair furthers that close relationship with their instrumental avant-garde funk and jazz group Soule Monde, which just released the album “Music Be Nice” and headlines a show at the Hamilton on Friday.

MUSIC - CONCERTS Spring Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Mar. 23, 24, 25 7:30 p.m. Mar. 26 2 p.m.

In Scotland’s Lammermuir Hills, a young couple fight fate and family to be together in the face of unwanted marriage and violence. This bel canto tour-de-force by Donizetti contains two of the operatic literature’s most memorable soprano arias.

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm

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Hartke Theatre The Catholic University of America


COMEDY Orange is the New Barack

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Presented by Joy of Motion, JICC & Japan Foundation

DANCE Japnese Street Dance Crew

EL Squad in Concert


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Library of Congress: “Baseball’s Greatest Hits: The Music of Our National Game” is an exhibition of baseball sheet music, videos of baseball songs — including “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?” by Count Basie; “Right Field” by Peter, Paul and Mary and “All the Way” by Eddie Vedder — and an audio station featuring 20 covers of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

Sight American Art Museum: “Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten”: An exhibition of 39 images — including those of James Baldwin, Ossie Davis, W.E.B. DuBois, Ella Fitzgerald, Althea Gibson, Langston Hughes, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Bessie Smith — by photographer, author and social commentator Van Vechten, who made portraits of central figures in the Harlem Renaissance; “Isamu Noguchi: Archaic/ Modern”: An exploration of how Noguchi was inspired by the ancient world in his forward-looking sculptures, featuring more than 70 works from the Noguchi Museum in New York that span a time more than 60 years; “Gene Davis: Hot Beat”: An exhibition featuring 15 stripe paintings from the 1960s by Washington native Gene Davis. Eighth and F streets NW. “From the Regenia Perry Collection: The Backyard of Derek Webster’s

Art Museum of the Americas: “Jose Gomez Sicre’s Eye”: The museum celebrates the centennial of Sicre’s birth; “Santiago Montoya: The Great Swindle”: This exhibition is of works by the Colombian artist, who used banknotes as his canvases, imbuing layers of meaning including political propaganda and historic events in the works. 201 18th St. NW.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: “Perspectives: Michael Joo”: An installation using multiple techniques and media by the Brooklyn-based artist specifically for the Sackler, inspired by

2017 NEA JAZZ MASTERS TRIBUTE CONCERT Hosted by Jason Moran, Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz


Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dick Hyman

Dr. Lonnie Smith

Folger Shakespeare Library: “500 Years of Treasures From Oxford”: An exhibition of 50 manuscripts and printed books, including biblical works in English, Latin, Greek, Hebrew and French, and illuminated and historical scientific texts, marks the 500th anniversary of the library of Corpus Christi College in Oxford. 201 East Capitol St. SE.

Gallery B: “Beyond That”: The group exhibit curated by Nihal Kececi of Gallery NK features paintings, sculptures and photos by eight artists from the U.S., Spain, Turkey, Cuba, Venezuela and Japan. 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E., Bethesda.

George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum: “A Collector’s Vision: Creating the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection”: In 2011, Small gave George Washington University his collection of 1,000 maps, prints, rare letters, photographs and drawings that document the history of the District. Updated in the summer with a dozen new objects, this exhibition presents highlights of the collection, including Small’s first acquisition: a handwritten 1905 scrapbook of a survey of the city’s boundary stones; “Your Next President … ! The Campaign Art of Mark and Rosalind Shenkman”: This exhibition of rare campaign flags and patriotic textiles illustrates how presidential campaigning developed; “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair”: An exhibition of ensembles CONTINUED ON PAGE 35

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APPEARANCES BY NEA Jazz Masters Paquito D’Rivera, Lee Konitz, and Dan Morgenstern PLUS Bill Charlap, Theo Croker, Aaron Diehl, Robin Eubanks, James Genus, Gary Giddens, Donald Harrison, Booker T. Jones, Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra, Peter Martin, Mike Moreno, China Moses, Steve Nelson, Jessye Norman, Kassa Overall, Chris Potter, Dianne Reeves, Nate Smith, Dan Tepfer, and Matthew Whitaker.

April 3 at 7:30 p.m. | Concert Hall At this time, all advance tickets for this event have been reserved; however, an allotment of tickets has been held back, which will be available on the night of the concert. In addition, tickets that have not been claimed by 7:15 p.m. on the night of the concert will be released and distributed to a standby line. The concert will also be live streamed at and For all other ticket-related customer service inquiries, call the Advance Sales Box Office at (202) 416-8540.

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Anacostia Community Museum:

Imagination”: Webster created sculptures from scraps of wood, trash and found materials, and adorned them with costume jewelry and brightly colored house paint. This exhibition consists of nine of his pieces created between 1980 and 1996; “Gateways/Portales”: Through the gateways of social justice, community access and public festivals, this exhibition explores the experiences of Latino migrants and immigrants in Washington, Baltimore, Charlotte, N.C., and RaleighDurham, N.C. 1901 Fort Place SE.

Korean red-crowned crane migration patterns; “Chinamania”: Inspired by his travels in China and by the kilns at Jingdezhen, contemporary artist Walter McConnell created an installation of Kangxi porcelains similar to those originally displayed in the Peacock Room; “Peacock Room Remix: Darren Waterson’s Filthy Lucre”: Painter Waterson created this interior as a reinterpretation of James McNeill Whistler’s iconic “Peacock Room,” only in ruin from its own excess; “Sky Blue: Color in Ceramics of the Islamic World”: The vessels on view span the ninth through the 19th centuries and demonstrate mineral colors of cobalt blue and copper green as pigments for painting and writing on the clay or as colorants in glazes; “Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan”: Artisans from the Murad Khani district of Old Kabul demonstrate their work and share their experiences; “Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D”: An interactive installation of a 3-D model of the Cosmic Buddha, a statue of the Buddha covered in narrative scenes that create a symbolic map of the Buddhist world, explores the work and methods of studying sculpture. 1050 Independence Ave. SW.

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LAST CHANCE! Closing this weekend, March 19 Space Age and Stone Age meet in the work of one of America’s most innovative sculptors.

Left: Red Lunar Fist, 1944, magnesite, plastic, resin, and electric components. © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY. Photo by Kevin Noble. Below: Taiko drummers at SAAM Cherry Blossom Celebration. Photo by Bruce Guthrie

Cherry Blossom Celebration Saturday, March 25, 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Join SAAM and the National Cherry Blossom Festival for a day of taiko drumming, Japanese music, face painting, and cherry blossom themed crafts. Make your own Japanese paper diorama with our friends from the Freer|Sackler and find cherry blossom specials in the museum café and store. FREE This program is a presented by Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Festival Media Partners: Washington Parent & 98.7 WMZQ

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Spotlight on Directors This spring, the Kennedy Center is shining a spotlight on thrilling productions helmed by some of the world’s most brilliant and acclaimed directors.

National Archives: The exhibition “Amending America” uses 50 original documents to demonstrate how and when the Constitution was amended and how attempts were made to amend it. It also marks the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 33

from the Ebony Fashion Fair, created by Eunice W. Johnson, who helped bring global fashion to the African-American community. 701 21st St. NW.

George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design: “Decolonizing Alaska”: A multimedia exhibition of works by a collaboration among 30 native and non-native Alaskan artists centering on endangered traditions and contemporary identity. 500 17th St. NW.

George Washington University, Luther W. Brady Art Gallery: “Glenn Goldberg: Of Leaves and Clouds”: An exhibition of paintings, small ceramic objects and works on paper by the Brooklyn-based artist. Also included is a print completed in collaboration with students from GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. 805 21st St. NW.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens: “Four Seasons”: This

101 Independence Ave. SE.

Time Clock”: The German artist created the “World Time Clock” over the course of eight years, traveling the globe and making a portrait of a public clock in 24 time zones; “Linn Meyers: Our View From Here”: A site-specific wall drawing stretching the circumference of the innercircle galleries on the museum’s second level; “Suspended Animation”: Artists Ed Atkins, Antoine Catala, Ian Cheng, Josh Kline, Helen Marten and Agnieszka Polska challenge perceptions of reality; “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors”: Six of Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms and paintings from her most recent series, “My Eternal Soul,” make their U.S. debut. Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW.

“Timber City: Innovations in Wood”: To demonstrate recent technological innovations within the timber industry, this installation features samples of engineered wood, architectural models and wooden walls; “House and Home”: An ongoing exhibition that explores what it means to live at home. 401 F St. NW.

Kreeger Museum: “Re-Vision: Looking Anew at the Art of Philip Johnson and the Design of The Kreeger Museum”: An anniversary exhibition of photographs by Cynthia Connolly, Frank Hallam Day, Avi Gupta, Max Hirshfeld, Franz Jantzen and Colin Winterbottom interpreting Philip Johnson’s architectural design of the building. Included is an exhibition of the Habitable Sculpture, 1999, Johnson’s cubist work inspired by a John Chamberlain sculpture and intended for construction in SoHo. 2401 Foxhall Road NW. Library of Congress: “World War I: American Artists View the Great War”: This exhibition showcases posters, political cartoons, illustrations, fine prints, popular prints, documentary photographs and fine-art photographs.

National Building Museum:

National Gallery of Art: “In the Library: Process and Participation in the Work of Christo and JeanneClaude”: An exhibition of photographs of artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, their works of art during the 1960s and 1970s, and documentation of two major installations, taken by Shunk-Kender, a partnership between photographers Harry Shunk and Janos Kender, who photographed major artists and their studios from 1958 to 1973. Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. National Gallery of Art, East Building: “In the Tower: Theaster Gates”: An exhibition of a new body of work by Gates, “The Minor Arts,” examines how ordinary and discarded objects acquire value through the stories we tell; “East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography”: An exhibition of 175 photographic works that focus on the history of eastern America, including daguerreotypes, salted paper prints, albumen prints, stereo cards and albums, including images of Niagara Falls, the White Mountains, Civil War battlefields CONTINUED ON PAGE 36

Directed by Carlos Díaz March 21 & 22 World premiere, Sabab Theatre (Kuwait)

Petrol Station Written and directed by Sulayman Al Bassam March 24–26 Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (France)

Battlefield Directed by Peter Brook In collaboration with Marie-Hélène Estienne March 29–April 2

Plus a collaboration with Sundance Institute Theatre Program

Theater by Palestinians US premiere

Where Can I Find Someone Like You, Ali? March 23 & 24

Creative Tensions: HOME


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exhibition by contemporary artist and filmmaker Philip Haas of threedimensional portrait busts made from foliage and blooms, and in correspondence to the four seasons, was inspired by “The Seasons” series by Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo; “Friends and Fashion: An American Diplomat in 1820s Russia”: An exhibition of 45 portraits from a family photo album of politician and statesman Henry Middleton shows diplomatic life in early-19th-century St. Petersburg. 4155 Linnean Ave. NW.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: “Bettina Pousttchi: World

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ONE WOMAN SEX & THE CITY {Parody tribute to hit HBO show}


SHENANDOAH RUN {9-piece folk ensemble}

MAYA BEISER {Avant-garde cello diva}



National Building Museum: Drawn from a 4,500-piece collection recently donated to the museum, “Around the World in 80 Paper Models” uses paper models to represent buildings, cultures and countries from Austria to Wales.



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and the construction of the Atlantic and Great Western Railway. 440 Constitution Ave., NW.

National Gallery of Art, West Building: “Della Robbia: Sculpting With Color in Renaissance Florence”: An exhibition of about 40 works by Della Robbia, his nephew Andrea and Andrea’s sons, as well as the competing Buglioni workshop, including various sculptural types, Madonna and Child reliefs, portraits, architectural decorations, household statuettes and full-scale figures. Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

National Geographic Museum:

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“@NATGEO: The Most Popular Instagram Photos”: National Geographic has more than 56 million followers on Instagram and more than 1 billion likes on its 11,000plus posted images. This exhibition tells the stories of these images and the photographers behind them; “National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers”: A family-friendly exhibition divided into five environmental modules of multimedia experiences with content

from National Geographic explorers around the world. 17th and M streets NW.

National Museum of African American History and Culture: “Ongoing exhibitions”: focusing on a diversity of historical subjects including the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the civil rights movement, the history of AfricanAmerican music and other cultural expressions, visual arts, theater, sports and military history. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

National Museum of African Art: “Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa”: Six African artists explore how time is experienced and produced by the body. Bodies stand, climb, dance and dissolve in seven works of video and film, or “time-based” art; “Healing Arts”: An exhibition of paintings and sculptures from the permanent collection that attempt to counter physical, social and spiritual problems including global issues such as the HIV/ AIDS crisis; “Emeka Ogboh’s Market Symphony”: A sound installation by the Nigerian artist commissioned by the museum that emulates the ambient CONTINUED ON PAGE 38

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“TRULY WONDERFUL… a lively riff on Hemingway’s first and greatest novel.”

an adaptation created by based on the novel by Elevator Repair Service Ernest Hemingway

directed by John Collins

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Even better at the Shakespeare Theatre Company than on Broadway.” —The Washington Post



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sounds of Balogun, an open-air market in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa’s most populated city. 950 Independence Ave. SW.

National Museum of American History: “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II”: An exhibition that commemorates the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the document signed by

Franklin D. Roosevelt that challenged the constitutional rights and led to the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. Curators are actively seeking to collect artifacts from the public for this exhibit. See the website for more information. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

Inspire”: To celebrate its centennial, the National Park Service has teamed with the National Museum of Natural History to present more than 50 images showcasing the national parks; “The Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed”: Photographs by Feodor Pitcairn and poetry by Ari Trausti Guomundsson focus on the natural beauty of Iceland; “Mud Masons of Mali”: Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Mali, is famous for its architecture. This

National Museum of Natural History: “100 Years of America’s National Park Service: Preserve, Enjoy,

exhibition of archival and contemporary photographs and early engravings demonstrates how the city’s masons, inheritors of a craft tradition handed down through generations since the 14th century, have given the city its character; “Nature’s Best Photography: The Best of the Best”: An exhibition of photographs of wildlife and landscapes on largeformat prints and in HD videos; “Objects of Wonder: From the Collections”: An exhibition of hundreds of objects from

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AMC Loews Uptown 1

3426 Connecticut Ave N.W.

Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 4:20 Beauty and the Beast (PG) CC/DVS;No Green Or Red Tickets: 10:15 Beauty and the Beast in Disney Digital 3D (PG) CC/DVS;No Green Or Red Tickets;RealD 3D: 7:00

AMC Mazza Gallerie

5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW

The Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata ENCORE (NR) Alternative Content: (!) 1:00 Kong: Skull Island 3D (PG-13) CC/DVS;RealD 3D: 7:40 The Lego Batman Movie (PG) CC/DVS: 12:10-2:40 Beauty and the Beast (PG) CC/DVS;No Green Or Red Tickets: (!) 8:00-10:00 The Lego Batman Movie (PG) 21+;CC/DVS: 7:50 La La Land (PG-13) 21+;AMC Independent;CC/DVS: (!) 12:00 Hidden Figures (PG) 21+;DVS: 4:50-7:45 Before I Fall (PG-13) 21+;CC/DVS: (!) 2:55-5:20 The Lego Batman Movie 3D (PG) CC/DVS;RealD 3D: 5:15 Beauty and the Beast in Disney Digital 3D (PG) CC/DVS;No Green Or Red Tickets;RealD 3D: (!) 7:00 Logan (R) CC/DVS: (!) 12:00-1:10-3:10-4:20-7:30 Lion (PG-13) AMC Independent;CC: 12:10-3:30 Moonlight (R) AMC Independent;CC: 4:50 Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) (!) 6:30-9:15

Avalon Theatre

5612 Connecticut Ave

Hidden Figures (PG) Oscar Nom - Best Picture!!: 1:30-4:30-7:30 Moonlight (R) Oscar Winner BEST PICTURE!: 12:00-2:30-5:15-8:00

Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema 807 V St, NW

Logan (R) CC/DVS: (!) 1:00-4:00-7:00-7:15-9:45-10:00 Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 12:15-2:00-3:00-4:30-7:15-9:50 The Lego Batman Movie (PG) CC/DVS: (!) 1:30-3:45 La La Land (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 4:50-7:25-10:00 Hidden Figures (PG) CC/DVS: (!) 12:15-2:45-6:45-9:30 La La Land Sing Along (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 2:10

Landmark E Street Cinema 555 11th St NW

Marius (1931) Subtitled: (!) 2:00 Fanny (1932) (NR) Subtitled: (!) 5:00 Cesar (1936) (NR) Subtitled: (!) 8:00 La La Land (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 12:45-6:45-9:30 Lion (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 1:20-4:20-7:20-9:50 Moonlight (R) CC: (!) 1:05-4:05-9:45 I Am Not Your Negro (PG-13) CC: (!) 12:45-3:00-5:15-7:45-9:55 The Last Word (R) CC: (!) 1:15-4:15-7:15-9:40 La La Land Sing Along (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 3:45 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animated (NR) (!) 7:00 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (NR) (!) 9:15 My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (PG-13) (!) 1:15 Kedi (NR) Subtitled: (!) 1:30-3:30-5:30-7:30-9:30 My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (PG-13) Subtitled: (!) 3:15-5:15

Smithsonian - Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater 601 Independence Ave SW

D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D (NR) 4:05 Journey to Space 3D (NR) 11:00-1:35-3:15 A Beautiful Planet 3D (G) 12:40 Dream Big: Engineering Our World: An IMAX 3D Experience 11:50-2:25-5:00 To Fly! (1976) (NR)


AFI Silver Theatre Cultural Ctr 8633 Colesville Road

Hidden Figures (PG) 2:00 Moonlight (R) 4:30-9:25 A United Kingdom (PG-13) 12:05-2:20-7:05 The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) (NR) 7:00 Kati Kati 9:45 The Wound 7:15 The Great Muppet Caper (G) 5:15 What Have I Done to Deserve This? (¿Que he hecho yo para merecer esto?) (NR) 9:20

AMC Center Park 8 4001 Powder Mill Rd.

Logan (R) CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: 12:30-3:35-6:40-9:50 Kong: Skull Island 3D (PG-13) CC/DVS;RealD 3D;Recliners;RS: 4:00-9:45 The Lego Batman Movie (PG) CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: 4:30 Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: 1:15-7:45 Beauty and the Beast (PG) CC/DVS;No Green Or Red Tickets;Recliners;RS: (!) 10:00 The Shack (PG-13) CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: 12:30-3:30-6:30-9:30 The Belko Experiment (R) AMC Independent;CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: (!) 7:00-9:15 Get Out (R) CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: 12:45-3:15-6:00-8:45 The Lego Batman Movie 3D (PG) CC/DVS;RealD 3D;Recliners;RS: 2:00-7:10 John Wick: Chapter 2 (R) CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: 1:30-4:20-7:15-10:00 Rock Dog (PG) CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: 1:00-3:15 Before I Fall (PG-13) CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: 2:45-5:15 Beauty and the Beast in Disney Digital 3D (PG) DVS;No Green Or Red Tickets;RealD 3D;Recliners;RS: (!) 7:00

AMC Magic Johnson Capital Ctr 12 800 Shoppers Way

Logan (R) CC/DVS: 11:00-11:55-2:15-3:45-5:30-7:00-9:00-10:15 Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 11:00-5:00 Kong: Skull Island 3D (PG-13) CC/DVS;RealD 3D: (!) 2:00-8:00 Beauty and the Beast (PG) CC/DVS;No Green Or Red Tickets: (!) 7:00-10:15 The Lego Batman Movie (PG) CC/DVS: 11:15-4:15 Hidden Figures (PG) CC/DVS: 11:50-2:50-6:00-9:00 The Shack (PG-13) CC/DVS: 11:45-3:00-6:15-9:30 The Great Wall (PG-13) CC/DVS: 11:15AM Fist Fight (R) CC/DVS: 9:20 John Wick: Chapter 2 (R) CC/DVS: 4:10 The Belko Experiment (R) AMC Independent;CC/DVS: (!) 7:00-9:30 Rock Dog (PG) CC/DVS: 11:40-2:00 Moonlight (R) AMC Independent;CC: 1:45 The Lego Batman Movie 3D (PG) CC/DVS;RealD 3D: 1:45-6:45 Beauty and the Beast: An IMAX 3D Experience (PG) No Green Or Red Tickets: (!) 9:00 Before I Fall (PG-13) CC/DVS: 11:45-2:15-4:45-7:15-9:45 Get Out (R) CC/DVS: (!) 11:30-12:45-2:15-3:30-5:00-6:15-7:45-9:10-10:15 The Great Wall 3D (PG-13) CC/DVS;RealD 3D: 4:20 Kong: Skull Island An IMAX 3D Experience (PG-13) (!) 11:55-3:00 Beauty and the Beast: The IMAX Experience (PG) (!) 6:00

Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema 7235 Woodmont Ave

Neruda (R) RS;Subtitled: (!) 2:00-4:50-7:40-10:05 Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (R) DVS;RS;Subtitled: (!) 1:30-4:20-7:20-9:50 Kedi (NR) RS;Subtitled: (!) 1:15-3:30-5:30-7:50 The Salesman (Forushande) (PG-13) RS;Subtitled: (!) 1:00-4:00-7:00-9:45 La La Land (PG-13) CC/DVS;RS: (!) 9:45 Lion (PG-13) CC/DVS;RS: (!) 1:20-4:10-7:05-9:50 A United Kingdom (PG-13) CC/DVS;RS: (!) 1:40-4:30-7:25-10:00 I Am Not Your Negro (PG-13) CC;RS: (!) 3:50 The Last Word (R) CC;RS: (!) 1:50-4:40-7:30-10:00 La La Land Sing Along (PG-13) CC/DVS;RS: (!) 1:10 Beauty and the Beast (1946) (NR) CC/DVS;RS: 7:00-9:40

Regal Hyattsville Royale Stadium 14

Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (NR) Subtitled: (!) 4:30-7:30 Fences (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 1:00-4:00-7:00 Silence (R) CC/DVS: (!) 12:45 The Ottoman Lieutenant (R) (!) 1:15-4:15-7:15

Logan (R) CC/DVS: (!) 12:30-1:15-3:00-3:30-4:15-5:15-6:30-9:00 Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 1:00-4:00-7:00-10:00 Kong: Skull Island 3D (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 12:00-2:05-3:00-6:00-9:00 Beauty and the Beast (PG) CC/DVS: (!) 7:00-10:15 The Lego Batman Movie (PG) CC/DVS: 1:45-4:30-7:15 The Shack (PG-13) CC/DVS: 12:30-4:00-7:15-10:30 The Great Wall (PG-13) CC/DVS: 12:45-3:45-9:45 La La Land (PG-13) CC/DVS: 1:00-7:15 Fist Fight (R) CC/DVS: 10:00 John Wick: Chapter 2 (R) CC/DVS: 1:15-4:30-7:30-10:45

Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 701 Seventh St Northwest

Logan (R) CC/DVS: (!) 11:30-12:00-12:50-1:35-2:35-3:05-3:55-4:25-5:45-6:25-7:359:00-9:30-11:00 Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 1:00-1:45-4:00-7:05-7:45-10:00

National Museum of Women in the Arts: “Bold Broadsides and Bitsy Books”: The Dead Feminists’ broadside series presents profiles of international feminist heroes; “From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir”: An installation of the feminist’s works in the areas of literature,

(!) No Pass/No Discount Ticket Kong: Skull Island 3D (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 12:15-3:15-4:45 The Lego Batman Movie (PG) CC/DVS: 11:35-2:00-4:25-6:50 Beauty and the Beast (PG) CC/DVS: (!) 7:00-8:00-9:00-10:00-10:15-11:15 The Shack (PG-13) CC/DVS: 1:25-4:20 Hidden Figures (PG) CC/DVS: 12:15-3:40-6:35-9:30 Table 19 (PG-13) CC/DVS: 1:00-3:25-5:50 Before I Fall (PG-13) CC/DVS: 11:30-1:55-10:40 Get Out (R) CC/DVS: 12:10-1:00-2:35-3:25-5:00-5:55-7:25-8:20-10:45 Beauty and the Beast in Disney Digital 3D (PG) CC/DVS: (!) 7:30-10:35

Landmark West End Cinema 2301 M St NW

the museum’s natural history research collection of more than 145 million artifacts and specimens. 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

6505 America Blvd.

Moonlight (R) CC: 12:30-3:30-6:30-9:30 Before I Fall (PG-13) CC/DVS: 12:30-6:15-7:45-10:30 Get Out (R) CC/DVS: 1:30-4:25-7:30-10:30 Rock Dog (PG) 2:00-5:00-7:30-10:30 Beauty and the Beast in Disney Digital 3D (PG) CC/DVS: (!) 8:30 La La Land Sing Along (PG-13) 4:00-10:30

Regal Majestic Stadium 20 & IMAX 900 Ellsworth Dr

Logan (R) CC/DVS: (!) 12:05-12:35-1:00-1:40-2:35-3:45-4:10-4:30-5:05-6:00-7:15-7:207:50-8:30-9:25-10:30-10:35-11:00 Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 1:00-1:35-4:00-7:00-7:45-10:00 Kong: Skull Island 3D (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 4:35-10:45 Kong: Skull Island An IMAX 3D Experience (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 12:00-3:00 Beauty and the Beast (PG) CC/DVS: (!) 7:30-10:30 The Lego Batman Movie (PG) CC/DVS: 1:30-4:15-7:00 La La Land (PG-13) CC/DVS: 4:05 Lion (PG-13) CC/DVS: 1:45-4:45-7:45-10:45 The Shack (PG-13) CC/DVS: 12:15-3:30-6:45-10:00 Hidden Figures (PG) CC/DVS: 1:15-4:20 The Great Wall (PG-13) CC/DVS: 9:00 Split (PG-13) CC/DVS: 12:45-3:45-9:55 The Belko Experiment (R) CC/DVS: 7:00 Fist Fight (R) CC/DVS: 9:45 John Wick: Chapter 2 (R) CC/DVS: 1:20-4:30-7:30-10:35 Table 19 (PG-13) CC/DVS: 12:05 Before I Fall (PG-13) CC/DVS: 12:15-2:55-5:35-8:15-11:00 Beauty and the Beast: An IMAX 3D Experience (PG) CC/DVS: (!) 10:00 I Am Not Your Negro (PG-13) CC: 1:35-4:05-7:05-9:40 Get Out (R) CC/DVS: 12:00-1:00-2:35-3:45-5:15-6:30-8:00-9:15-10:45 Beauty and the Beast in Disney Digital 3D (PG) CC/DVS: (!) 8:00-11:00 Rock Dog (PG) 12:30-3:30-6:15 Beauty and the Beast: An IMAX 3D Experience (PG) CC/DVS;Fan Event: (!) 6:00 La La Land Sing Along (PG-13) 12:45

Xscape Theatres Brandywine 14 7710 Matapeake Business Dr

Logan (R) CC;SS: (!) 9:40-10:40-12:40-1:40-3:40-4:40-6:40-7:40-9:40-10:40 Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) CC;PLF;SS: (!) 11:35-2:20-8:00 Kong: Skull Island 3D (PG-13) CC;PLF;SS: (!) 5:10-10:50 Beauty and the Beast (PG) CC;PLF;SS: (!) 7:00-9:50 The Lego Batman Movie (PG) CC;PLF;SS: (!) 9:50AM The Shack (PG-13) CC;SS: 10:05-12:30-3:25-6:30-9:30 The Great Wall (PG-13) CC;SS: 10:10-3:50 Hidden Figures (PG) CC;SS: 10:25-12:10-3:10-6:50-9:20 The Belko Experiment (R) CC;SS: 7:15-9:25 Split (PG-13) CC;SS: 7:30-10:20 Fist Fight (R) CC;SS: 12:35-2:50-5:30-7:50-10:30 John Wick: Chapter 2 (R) CC;SS: 1:00-4:00-7:10-10:10 Before I Fall (PG-13) CC;SS: 1:30-4:20 Get Out (R) CC;PLF;SS: 12:20-3:00 Beauty and the Beast in Disney Digital 3D (PG) CC;SS: (!) 7:50 Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) CC;SS: (!) 9:30-10:30-1:20-4:10-7:00-9:50 Beauty and the Beast (PG) CC;SS: (!) 10:40 The Lego Batman Movie (PG) CC;SS: 10:35-11:35-1:05-2:15-3:35-4:50 Get Out (R) CC;SS: 10:20-11:10-1:10-1:50-4:30-6:20-7:20-9:00-10:00


AMC Courthouse Plaza 8 2150 Clarendon Blvd.

Logan (R) CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: (!) 12:55-1:40-4:00-4:45-7:30-9:00-10:45 Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: (!) 4:15-7:15-9:30-10:15 Kong: Skull Island 3D (PG-13) CC/DVS;RealD 3D;Recliners;RS: (!) 12:45-1:30-3:30-6:15 Beauty and the Beast (PG) CC;No Green Or Red Tickets;Recliners;RS: (!) 8:00-11:00 Hidden Figures (PG) CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: 1:10-4:20 John Wick: Chapter 2 (R) CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: 5:15 Rock Dog (PG) CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: 12:35-2:50 Before I Fall (PG-13) CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: (!) 1:45-4:10-6:45 Get Out (R) CC/DVS;Recliners;RS: 12:40-3:25-6:00-8:15-10:50 Beauty and the Beast in Disney Digital 3D (PG) CC;No Green Or Red Tickets;RealD 3D;Recliners;RS: (!) 7:00-9:00-10:00

AMC Hoffman Ctr 22 206 Swamp Fox Rd.

Logan (R) CC/DVS: 11:00-12:20-1:00-2:05-3:30-4:05-5:10-6:40-7:15-9:00-9:50 Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) CC/DVS: 11:00-2:00-5:00-8:00 Kong: Skull Island 3D (PG-13) CC/DVS;RealD 3D: 1:00-4:00-7:00-10:00 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13) CC/DVS;No Green Or Red Tickets: 12:45-6:30 Beauty and the Beast (PG) CC/DVS;No Green Or Red Tickets: (!) 7:00-8:15-10:00 The Lego Batman Movie (PG) CC/DVS: 3:20-9:00 Fifty Shades Darker (R) CC/DVS: 8:30 La La Land (PG-13) AMC Independent;CC/DVS: 4:00-7:00 Lion (PG-13) AMC Independent;CC: 3:45-9:30 The Shack (PG-13) CC/DVS: 1:30-4:30-7:30-10:30 The Great Wall (PG-13) CC/DVS: 3:30 Hidden Figures (PG) CC/DVS: 1:00-4:00-7:05-10:00 Split (PG-13) CC/DVS: 11:40-2:20-5:00-7:40-10:25 Fist Fight (R) CC/DVS: 10:00 John Wick: Chapter 2 (R) CC/DVS: 2:50-5:40-8:30 Neruda (R) AMC Independent;English Subtitles: 11:15-1:45-4:15-9:45 Rock Dog (PG) CC/DVS: 12:20 Moonlight (R) AMC Independent;CC: 11:45-4:45 Fences (PG-13) CC/DVS: 3:45-9:20 Before I Fall (PG-13) CC/DVS: 11:50-2:20-4:45-7:15 Beauty and the Beast: An IMAX 3D Experience (PG) No Green Or Red Tickets: (!) 9:30 I Am Not Your Negro (PG-13) AMC Independent;CC: 2:25

Get Out (R) CC/DVS: 11:15-12:40-1:45-3:15-4:30-6:15-7:15-8:45-10:00 The Lego Batman Movie 3D (PG) CC/DVS;RealD 3D: 12:45-6:15 The Great Wall 3D (PG-13) CC/DVS;RealD 3D: 1:00-6:00 Beauty and the Beast in Disney Digital 3D (PG) CC/DVS;No Green Or Red Tickets;RealD 3D: 7:30-10:30 The Ottoman Lieutenant (R) AMC Independent: 12:50-3:25-6:05 Logan (R) Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime;Recliners: 11:35-2:40 Beauty and the Beast (PG) Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime;No Green Or Red Tickets;Recliners: (!) 9:00 La La Land (PG-13) AMC Independent;Sing-a-long: 1:10 Kong: Skull Island An IMAX 3D Experience (PG-13) 12:00-3:00 The Belko Experiment (R) AMC Independent;CC: 7:00-10:30 Sing (PG) 1:10 Beauty and the Beast: The IMAX Experience (PG) (!) 6:00 Beauty and the Beast (PG) Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime;Recliners: (!) 6:00

Angelika Film Ctr Mosaic 2911 District Ave

Lion (PG-13) CC/DAS: 10:00-12:45-3:15-10:00 Moonlight (R) CC: 11:45-2:20-4:50-10:30 A United Kingdom (PG-13) CC: 11:15-1:45-4:20 Kong: Skull Island 3D (PG-13) CC/DAS;No Passes: (!) 10:45-4:15 The Last Word (R) CC;No Passes: (!) 11:50-2:15-4:45-7:10-9:35 La La Land (PG-13) CC/DAS: 1:20-4:10-7:30-10:20 The Salesman (Forushande) (PG-13) 10:00-1:00 Beauty and the Beast (PG) 7:00-9:30 La La Land Sing Along (PG-13) 10:35AM Logan (R) CC/DAS;No Passes: (!) 11:00-2:00-4:00-5:00-7:15-8:00-10:15-10:55 Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) CC/DAS;No Passes: (!) 1:30-7:00-9:45

Regal Ballston Common Stadium 12 671 N. Glebe Road

Logan (R) CC/DVS: (!) 11:00-11:30-12:30-1:40-2:50-4:00-5:10-6:20-7:30-9:45-10:45 Beauty and the Beast (PG) CC/DVS: (!) 7:45-8:30-8:35-9:00-9:30 The Lego Batman Movie (PG) CC/DVS: 12:00-3:00-5:30 La La Land (PG-13) CC/DVS: 4:15 Hidden Figures (PG) CC/DVS: 12:15-3:15-6:45-10:00 The Shack (PG-13) CC/DVS: 11:45-3:35-6:50-10:05 John Wick: Chapter 2 (R) CC/DVS: 4:45 Table 19 (PG-13) CC/DVS: 2:30 Moonlight (R) CC: 11:10-1:45-4:20 Get Out (R) CC/DVS: 11:00-1:00-3:45-8:00-10:40 Before I Fall (PG-13) CC/DVS: 11:40-2:15-5:00 Beauty and the Beast in Disney Digital 3D (PG) CC/DVS: (!) 7:00-10:00-10:45 Badrinath Ki Dulhania (NR) 12:20-3:30-7:00-10:15 La La Land Sing Along (PG-13) 1:15

Regal Kingstowne Stadium 16 & RPX 5910 Kingstowne Towne Ctr

Logan (R) CC/DVS: (!) 12:00-12:45-1:00-2:30-3:00-4:00-4:15-6:00-6:15-7:30-9:10-9:30-10:30 Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 1:45-7:45 Kong: Skull Island 3D (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 4:45-10:30 La La Land (PG-13) CC/DVS: 3:20-9:20 Beauty and the Beast (PG) CC/DVS: (!) 7:00-10:30 The Lego Batman Movie (PG) CC/DVS: 2:00-4:30 The Shack (PG-13) CC/DVS: 12:40-4:00 Hidden Figures (PG) CC/DVS: 12:30-3:40 John Wick: Chapter 2 (R) CC/DVS: 5:00-7:50-10:30 Table 19 (PG-13) CC/DVS: 12:40-3:10-6:15-9:00 Before I Fall (PG-13) CC/DVS: 12:30-2:50-5:30-8:00-10:30 Get Out (R) CC/DVS: 12:20-1:25-3:00-3:55-5:45-6:50-8:30-9:40 Kong: Skull Island 3D (PG-13) CC/DVS;RPX: (!) 12:00-3:00 Beauty and the Beast in Disney Digital 3D (PG) CC/DVS;RPX: (!) 10:00 Badrinath Ki Dulhania (NR) 2:45-6:10-9:15 Rock Dog (PG) 1:15 La La Land Sing Along (PG-13) 12:15-6:20 Beauty and the Beast in Disney Digital 3D (PG) CC/DVS: (!) 8:00-11:00; (!) 6:00

Regal Potomac Yard Stadium 16 3575 Potomac Ave

Logan (R) CC/DVS: (!) 1:00-2:00-2:50-3:35-4:15-5:10-6:15-7:00-7:50-9:35-10:20 Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 1:00-3:50-6:45 Kong: Skull Island 3D (PG-13) CC/DVS: (!) 1:45-4:35-7:35-9:40-10:25 Beauty and the Beast (PG) CC/DVS: (!) 7:00-8:30-10:05 The Lego Batman Movie (PG) CC/DVS: 1:35-4:25-7:15 La La Land (PG-13) CC/DVS: 4:20-10:15 Hidden Figures (PG) CC/DVS: 1:10-4:10-7:05-10:00 The Shack (PG-13) CC/DVS: 1:00-4:05-7:05-10:05 Fist Fight (R) CC/DVS: 9:55 The Belko Experiment (R) CC/DVS: 7:30-9:45 John Wick: Chapter 2 (R) CC/DVS: 4:40 Table 19 (PG-13) CC/DVS: 1:00-3:15-5:30 Moonlight (R) CC: 1:05-3:45 Before I Fall (PG-13) CC/DVS: 2:05-4:40 Get Out (R) CC/DVS: 1:20-2:15-4:00-5:00-6:30-7:30-9:10-10:10 Beauty and the Beast in Disney Digital 3D (PG) CC/DVS: (!) 7:30-8:00-10:35 Rock Dog (PG) 1:50 La La Land Sing Along (PG-13) 1:15-7:20

Smithsonian - Airbus IMAX Theater

14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D (NR) SS: 10:10-1:35 Kong: Skull Island An IMAX 3D Experience (PG-13) SS: 4:30 Journey to Space 3D (NR) SS: 11:50-3:15 A Beautiful Planet 3D (G) SS: 12:40 Beauty and the Beast: An IMAX 3D Experience (PG) SS: 7:10-9:55 Beauty and the Beast: The IMAX Experience (PG) SS: 9:55 Dream Big: Engineering Our World: An IMAX 3D Experience SS: 11:00-2:25

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Boulder Philharmonic with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance

North Carolina Symphony

National Museum of the American Indian: “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between

March 27–April 1, 2017

the United States and American Indian Nations” is an exhibition exploring the relationship between Native American nations and the United States. philosophy and popular culture; “Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara”: An exhibition of pottery by the Albuquerque-based artist, who makes pottery that looks like the common plastic bottle; “New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin”: An exhibition organized by the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa that features 26 works by potter Martinez and 48 platinum, gelatin silver and color print photos by Gilpin. Both artists worked from the 1930s to the 1970s, focusing on the Southwest; “Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum”: An exhibition of colorful abstract prints made with interchangeable wood blocks and gradient inking that reference minimalist and pop art. 1250 New York Ave. NW.

National Museum of the American Indian: “Our Universes: Traditional

with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance

North Carolina Symphony The Knights with San Francisco Girls Chorus Concerts only $25! Plus many FREE events: pop-up shows, musical hikes, and more! Learn more at

National Portrait Gallery: “One Life: Babe Ruth”: This exhibition displays approximately 40 objects including prints and photographs of Ruth, personal paraphernalia and advertising memorabilia endorsed by Ruth; “Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait”: The exhibition, the gallery’s first devoted to media art, is a selection of Viola’s works that focus on the face and the body, using metaphors of water, light and spirituality. Eighth and F streets NW.

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Generous support of the SHIFT Festival is provided through a matching grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, by Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather, and by Michael F. and Noémi K. Neidorff and The Centene Charitable Foundation. SHIFT is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Abramson Family Foundation, Betsy and Robert Feinberg, Morton and Norma Lee Funger, and Daniel R. Lewis. SHIFT is presented in association with JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy. Support for JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy is provided by Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, Chevron, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and Target.

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Knowledge Shapes Our World”: The exhibition focuses on indigenous cosmologies, worldviews and philosophies related to the creation and order of the universe and the spiritual relationship between humankind and the natural world; “The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire”: To celebrate the construction of the Inca Road, which linked Cuzco, Peru, with the farthest reaches of the empire, the exhibition

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digs into its early foundations and the technologies that made building the road possible; “For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw”: Born six years after the end of the reservation period, the photographer documented fellow Indians, relatives and friends during everyday and important life events, creating a visual history of multi-tribal native life in the mid-1920s and continuing for the next 50 years; “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces”: An exhibition of photographs of Native Americans who served in the United States military. Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW.

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Millennium Stage Free performances every day at 6 p.m. No tickets required 21 TUE KING

Mar. 16–29

Grammy Award®–winning dream soul trio KING is made up of twins Paris and Amber Strother along with Anita Bias, all three of whom write and arrange songs, crafting a unique sound with a soulful authenticity.

16 THU The Culkin School of

Traditional Irish Dance The local Irish dance school celebrates St. Patrick’s Day at the Kennedy Center.

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22 WED The Soulquarians:

D.C. Pays Tribute to Common

17 FRI Aveva Dese

Curated by D.C.-based conceptual artist and musician Jamal Gray and the multimedia arts collective CMPVTR CLVB, members of the D.C. area creative community come together to honor the cultural impact and influence of early 2000s group The Soulquarians. Rapper, actor, & producer Common, who is appearing later tonight with the NSO Pops, was a founding member.

The Ethiopian-Israeli singer and songwriter performs her urban Tel Aviv sound that mixes Ethiopian music with R&B, funk, and pop. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel.

18 SAT Hamid El Kasri Hailed for his talent, passion, and deep and intense voice, El Kasri is one of the most sought after maalems, a master musician in the Moroccan gnawa Afro-Islamic spiritual tradition.

Part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.

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Sounds of Kolachi The 10-piece group from Karachi, Pakistan, blurs raga with Western harmony, counterpoint, and South Asian melodic lines in a performance that puts the sitar and bowed sarangi on equal footing with electric guitar and a rock rhythm section. Part of Center Stage, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the New England Foundation for the Arts.

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The Slowpokes Serving up a menu of award-winning blues, soul, and rock ’n’ roll, their mix of originals and covers stretch from West Coast swing and classic Chicago blues to Memphis soul.









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Patrick Henry High School Chamber Orchestra Mandolinist and public school educator Midkiff conducts the student orchestra from Roanoke, VA. A co-presentation with Washington Performing Arts. Presented in association with JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.

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19 SUN Scythian and Big Sam’s Funky Nation We celebrate our landmark birthday with two stellar bands. D.C. favorite Scythian (6–7 p.m.) plays roots rock music from Celtic, Eastern European, and Appalachian traditions with thunderous energy, while New Orleans’s Big Sam’s Funky Nation (7–8 p.m.) is a group of world-class musicians who are a driving force of urban, brass-driven funk. Part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.

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The Wind Ensemble and Symphony Strings from the GBYO perform preceding the Boulder Philharmonic’s performance in the Concert Hall this evening. A co-presentation with Washington Performing Arts. Presented in association with JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.

29–31 WED–FRI Betty Carter’s

Jazz Ahead Now in its 19th year, the Kennedy Center jazz education program presents competitively selected, emerging jazz artists/composers from across the world as they complete their weeklong residency.

FOR DETAILS OR TO WATCH ONLINE, VISIT KENNEDY-CENTER.ORG/MILLENNIUM. The Millennium Stage was created and underwritten by James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs to make the performing arts accessible to everyone in fulfillment of the Kennedy Center’s mission to its community and the nation. Additional funding for the Millennium Stage is provided by Bernstein Family Foundation, The Isadore and Bertha Gudelsky Family Foundation, Inc., The Meredith Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Dr. Deborah Rose and Dr. Jan A.J. Stolwijk, U.S. Department of Education, and the Millennium Stage Endowment Fund. The Millennium Stage Endowment Fund was made possible by James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs, Fannie Mae Foundation, the Kimsey Endowment, Gilbert† and Jaylee† Mead, Mortgage Bankers Association of America and other anonymous gifts to secure the future of the Millennium Stage. Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is also made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.

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“Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks”: Featuring original postage-stamp art from the Postal Service and artifacts loaned by the National Park Service, the exhibition explores the ways in which mail moves to, through and from our national parks. 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE.

features work from the portfolio of Jack Ohman of the Sacramento Bee, the 2016 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning; “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics”: The Newseum and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame partnered for this exhibition of rock-and-roll-related media that affected politics and social movements. 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Newseum: “1967: Civil Rights at 50”: An exhibition examining the events of 1967, exploring the relationship between the First Amendment and the civil rights movement of the 1960s; “Inside Today’s FBI”: A new version of the FBI exhibit “Fighting Crime in the Age of Terror” features evidence and artifacts from some of the FBI’s biggest cases; “1776 — Breaking News: Independence”: This exhibition is of the first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence as it appeared in the Pennsylvania Evening Post on July 6, 1776; “Pulitzer Prizes at 100: Editorial Cartoons”: To mark the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzers, this exhibit

Phillips Collection: “Arlene Shechet: From Here on Now”: This exhibition is part of a series that explores the intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices and museum spaces, and artistic interventions. Shechet’s ceramic sculptures, some created specifically for the exhibition, are included; “Jake Berthot: From the Collection and Promised Gifts”: An exhibition of works received in 2015 from the artist’s estate; “Jacob Lawrence’s The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture”: An exhibition of 15 silkscreen prints created by Lawrence between 1986 and 1997. The series portrays the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture


National Portrait Gallery: “Double Take: Daguerreian Portrait Pairs” showcases 14 daguerreotypes, two portraits each of seven subjects including Frederick Douglass, Jefferson Davis and John Quincy Adams.

(1742-1803), the slave-turned-leader of Haiti’s independence movement; “Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Epoque”: An exhibition of lithographs and posters by Toulouse-Lautrec, known for his images of cabarets, cafes and Parisian nightlife; “George Condo: The Way I Think: Drawing/Painting”: An exhibition of drawings and drawing paintings by the American artist known for his pictorial inventions, existential humor and portraits, that demonstrates the painter’s process. 1600 21st St. NW.

Renwick Gallery: “June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation”: An exhibition of works including vessels, threedimensional objects, wall-mounted plaques and panels by the artist. 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

U.S. Botanic Garden: “You Can Grow It!”: An exhibition exploring the basics of growing plants, for solving common plant problems and for learning horticulture techniques. 100 Maryland Ave. SW.

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Opium.” Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, through March 19.

‘Fickle: A Fancy French Farce’:


Playwright Meg Miroshnik’s modern take on the 18th-century French romantic comedy “The Double Inconstancy.” Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Md., through March 26.

‘An Evening of Kyogen, Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe’: An evening of Kyogen presented by the Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE, through March 21.

‘Gus Goes Green: A STEM Adventure’: Join Wacky Professor Parsnip as he conducts science experiments that teach healthy habits and good character traits. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, Md., through March 21. KENNEDY CENTER

Diana Metzger about the local high school student Beach Week tradition. Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Hwy., Bethesda, through March 19.

‘Ella Enchanted’: Adventure Theatre stages a musical based on the book by Gail Carson Levine about a girl cursed with the inability to disobey orders. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md., through March 19.

‘Ex Machina/Robert Lepage: Needles and Opium’: A reimagining of Lepage’s original show “Needles and

‘Grug and the Rainbow’: Inspired by Ted Prior’s picture book, Australia’s Windmill Theatre’s latest production features puppetry. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, through March 19.

‘Intelligence’: The world premiere of Jacqueline E. Lawton’s political thriller about a covert operative whose cover is blown abroad. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW, through April 9. ‘King Charles III’: The regional debut of Mike Bartlett’s award-winning play that explores what England would CONTINUED ON PAGE 45

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be like if Prince Charles became king. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW, through March 18.

‘Midwestern Gothic’: A new musical

‘Mnemonic’: Theater Alliance explores the concept of migration. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE, through April 9. ‘Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing’: Emmy and Tony Award winner Debra Monk stars as the tone-deaf Mrs. Miller, a character modeled after the real-life singer Elva Miller. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, through March 26.

‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’: A staging of the Tony Award-winning comedy about a quirky group of students competing at a fictional bee. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, Md., through March 25.

‘The Freshest Snow Whyte’: The beloved Disney princess is reimagined



from Royce Vavrek about a woman’s mission to leave her isolated, rural community. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, through April 30.

‘Dogfight’: A play adaptation of Nancy Savoca’s 1991 film about a group of servicemen who celebrate their last night in San Francisco before they leave for Vietnam. Presented in partnership with Rockville Musical Theatre. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, Md., through March 26. as a graffiti artist in the year 3000 in this new hip-hop musical. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, through March 25.

‘The Gospel at Colonus’: Jennifer L. Nelson, with Marcus Harper-Short, presents the African-American musical take on the Greek tragedy. Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington, through March 26.

‘The Select (The Sun Also Rises)’: A production by Elevator Repair Service based on Ernest Hemingway’s first

novel. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW, through April 2.

‘The Taming of the Shrew’: A


modern retelling of the Bard’s comedy with Hollywood socialites. Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington, through March 19.

‘What Every Girl Should Know and Dry Land’: The D.C. premieres of two plays in repertory about teenage sexuality and pregnancy. Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, through April 15.

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Scythian and Big Sam’s Funky Nation Sunday, March 19 at 6 p.m. We celebrate our landmark birthday with two stellar bands. Scythian (6–7 p.m.) plays roots rock music from Celtic, Eastern European, and Appalachian traditions with thunderous energy, while Big Sam’s Funky Nation (7–8 p.m.) is a group of world-class musicians who are a driving force of urban, brass-driven funk. Come early! First 1,000 fans get a free T-shirt! Ticket giveaways! Special happy hour from 5–6 p.m. featuring all beer and house wine ½ off at the Grand Foyer Bars. The Millennium Stage is brought to you by

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There’s a chance of a ghost Olivier Assayas hopes to scare up emotions with ‘Personal Shopper’

Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ makes movie history


FILM Is “Personal Shopper” a ghost story? Well, it starts in a creepy, empty house where Maureen (Kristen Stewart) — a woman who makes a living choosing clothes she cannot afford and is not allowed to wear — is trying to make contact with her dead twin brother. And then she starts getting text messages that might be from said brother. And then other otherworldly things start happening. But is it a ghost story? Even writer-director Olivier Assayas doesn’t sound sure. “It’s really about coming of age,” Assayas says of his film, which opens locally Friday. Still, the French filmmaker deliberately leaned on elements of horror and suspense movies not just to amp up the action, but to forge a connection between the film and the viewer. “What you define as genre elements, to me they are emotions,” says Assayas, who also directed Stewart in 2014’s “Clouds of Sils Maria.” So when Maureen unexpectedly stumbles upon a murder scene, Assayas shoots the discovery the way it would

Kristen Stewart stars in “Personal Shopper,” a ghost story and also, uh, not a ghost story.

be seen in a horror film, giving the audience a bit of a jump scare. When Maureen is trying — possibly Assayas successfully — to reach her brother, “Personal Shopper” looks, feels and sounds like any movie about a spectral presence. “To me, having the audience connect with the physical



‘Weekend Update’ nabs a summer prime-time run

Trump’s first wife writing memoir for Sept. release

While NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” takes its usual summer hiatus, “Weekend Update” will keep the political satire coming throughout the season in prime time. “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update” will air on Thursday nights for four weeks starting Aug. 10. Michael Che and Colin Jost, who anchor the segment on the sketch show, will be joined by other “SNL” cast members, the network said. (AP)

Ivana Trump, the first wife of President Trump, is writing a memoir focusing on the couple’s three children. “Raising Trump” will be published Sept. 12. Gallery Books said Ivana’s story also will reflect on her “childhood in communist Czechoslovakia, her escape from the regime and relocation to New York, her whirlwind romance, and her great success as a businesswoman.” (AP)

emotion of the character, genre elements are the way to do it,” Assayas says. “They create this physical tension, anxiety, whatever, and that’s what I need in those moments.” Assayas says it’s “reductive” to describe “Personal Shopper” as a ghost story. And yet he admits “it would be very difficult to sum it up in a different way.” To him, it all comes down to perception. “It maybe depends on what

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reality you put on the word ‘ghost,’ ” he says. “I mean, ghost can be a theme park, ghost train kind of stuff, but it can also mean the relationship we have with our own ghosts, with the departed we love who somehow keep living through us. That’s the way I mean ‘ghosts,’ and that’s why I’m OK with defining ‘Personal Shopper’ as a ghost story. It just depends on who is the ghost.” KRISTEN PAGE-KIRBY (EXPRESS)


“Being on a set where I’m the one who possesses that ease is really something.” ANNE HATHAWAY, telling Elle magazine that

being in the female-led cast of “Ocean’s Eight” is a “nice alternative” to the malecentric sets she’s worked on, where the men are at ease and she’s had to change to fit in

FILM Jordan Peele’s horror flick “Get Out” has earned more than $100 million at the box office, making Peele the first AfricanAmerican writer-director to pass that threshold with his debut feature. Responding to the news, Peele optimistically tweeted that he’s the “first of many.” To clarify, he added, “Meaning I won’t be the last.” While Hollywood continues to debate diversity, the success of “Get Out” is another addition to the list of recent films — such as “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures” — directed by, written by or starring African-Americans that have gone on to become hits, commercially, critically or both. In fact, movies featuring racial and ethnic diversity that’s more reflective of America’s demographics perform better on average, according to a report on diversity in Hollywood from UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies: “Quality storytelling plus rich, diverse performances equals box office ratings success. Year after year, the evidence supporting this equation continues to mount.” So add Peele’s success to the growing list of recent hits from black filmmakers. As he wrote, he will likely be the first of many black writer-directors to hit that $100 million benchmark — as long as they get to make their movies in the first place. ELAHE IZADI (THE WASHINGTON POST)

The Hollywood Reporter: Warner Bros. in “early stages” of rebooting 1999 sci-fi movie “The Matrix”

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Ben Affleck reveals he went to rehab

Chance the Rapper said in an interview with Complex that he’d like to move back in with his family. “I’m honestly, in real life, thinking about moving in with my parents,” he said. “I think, anybody, if they were in my position — if they were 23 with a kid for the first time and were working — they would find comfort in being able to stay with their parents.” Chance had a daughter, Kensli, in September 2015 with his then-girlfriend, Kirsten. (EXPRESS)

Ben Affleck revealed in a Facebook post on Tuesday that he “completed treatment for alcohol addiction.” It is “something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront,” he wrote. “I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. … I’m lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, [Jennifer Garner], who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do.” Garner and Affleck have been separated since in 2015, but have not yet filed for divorce. A source told People that Garner is “happy that he is working on himself.” Affleck previously entered rehab for alcohol addiction in 2001. (EXPRESS/AP)


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Richard Simmons’ brother, Lenny, debunked rumors that the fitness guru had actually gone missing since he stopped teaching his workout classes and retreated from the public in 2014. Lenny told Entertainment Tonight that he speaks to his brother every Sunday. “He’s worked hard and he still loves people — but he needs some time for himself,” Lenny said. (EXPRESS)

RuPaul revealed on Wednesday’s episode of “Hollywood Today Live” that he discreetly married Georges LeBar, his partner of 23 years, back in January. “I met him on the dance floor at Limelight [club in New York City] in 1994, on his birthday,” he said. “So we got married on his birthday, the anniversary of when we met, this year.” RuPaul added that LeBar runs a massive ranch that spreads between Wyoming and South Dakota. (EXPRESS)



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Report: Loving couple does not like each other “The Bachelor’s” Nick Viall and his fiancee, Vanessa Grimaldi, “want to be in [their relationship] for the long run,” according to an Us Weekly source, but are grappling with what Us described as “everything from her jealousy to their future zip code.” The source said: “Vanessa is no pushover. ... He’s attracted to that, but it makes their relationship volatile.” (EXPRESS)


“I don’t think he ever got over it. I don’t know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven’t.”

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