Ford's Theatreis presenting Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods, directed by Peter Flynn, thru May 22.The show is "an imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairytales in which a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch's curse in hopes of having a child of their own." While in the woods, they encounter Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and his beanstalk, a cautious Cinderella, a sequestered Rapunzel and a couple of lovelorn princes. Sondheim's Tony-winning score and James Lapine's Tony-winning book conjure a world where "giants can be good and witches can be right."
The show is recommended for ages 12 and older.
Image below: The cast of Into the Woods - Photo by Carol Rosegg.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is in progress thru April 14.The citywide festival celebrates the gift of 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, DC by the mayor of Tokyo in 1912. The many events include the popular kite extravaganza on the National Mall on March 30, the Petalpalooza on April 6 at The Wharf and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 13. There will be live performances highlighted by The Sakura Taiko Takeover at the Tidal Basin on March 31. If the trees blossom as expected, visitors can see them at the Tidal Basin throughout the Festival.
The 11th annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on April 2. The annual gathering of embassy chefs from around the world showcases the unique flavors of their home countries in a friendly, culinary competition. The Challenge is expected to include more than 30 chefs - “creating a truly global, immersive foodie experience only possible in DC.” Competing chefs will fight to win the coveted People’s Choice Awards, chosen by attendee votes, and the Judges’ Choice Awards, selected by a panel of influential members of the diplomatic and culinary communities. The event will highlight some of metropolitan Washington’s international musicians, dancers and singers.
The Naval Heritage Center will host its annual “Blessing of the Fleet” on April 13 at the U.S. Navy Memorial Plaza at 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW.The program will feature the ceremonial pouring of the waters from each of the Seven Seas and the Great Lakes.
The Washington Revels Maritime Voices will sing songs of the sea and shore, followed by a one-hour concert. Navy Bean Soup will be served - prepared by Navy culinary specialists from the White House Mess.
Image below: The Washington Revels Maritime Voices
The National Zoo will celebrate Easter Monday & Earth Day on April 22. Families are invited to enjoy egg hunts, live music, food trucks and games while discovering how they can help save species. The free event will include hands-on learning opportunities featuring Smithsonian conservation success stories, special animal demonstrations, keeper talks, and opportunities to meet and greets scientists and conservation partners who are working to protect wildlife around the world.
The annual Smithsonian Craft Show will take place in the National Building Museum, April 24-28.The show is the most prestigious juried show of fine American crafts in the country. Works will be on display and for sale from 120 artists representing all facets of contemporary design and craft, including basketry, ceramics, decorative fibers, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood. There will be one-of-a-kind works of art in all price ranges that will appeal to both serious collectors and casual visitors.
The annual Georgetown French Market - Book Hill's signature European-style open air market & sidewalk sale - will take place on April 26 & 27.The Book Hill neighborhood will be transformed into an inviting open-air market by over 35 locally-owned merchants, restaurants, salons and galleries displaying discounted items and unique finds. The event will feature live entertainment and children's activities, “evoking the outdoor markets of Paris, where guests wander between shops and galleries tempted by the aroma of fresh coffee and croissants. C'est magnifique!”
Image below: A previous French Market - Photo by Sam Kittner
Tudor Place in Georgetown will have their annual Eggstravaganza! on April 13, 18, 19 & 20.The event begins with a lively egg hunt and egg roll on the South Lawn of the estate & features craft projects such as decorating a festive animal magnet, making a jumbo egg-hanging decoration, & playing traditional children’s games. There are also photo ops with the Easter Bunny.The outdoor events will take place rain or shine, so visitors are advised to dress for the weather. Each child must bring a basket, a hard-boiled egg, and a spoon to participate.
Tudor Place in Georgetown will have The Fourth Annual Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic on April 28.It’s a once-a-year opportunity to enjoy a picnic on the grounds of the historic estate.Visitors should “bring your own picnic and blanket.”The event takes place rain or shine! The Plant Sale will feature heirloom and native sun-to-shade perennials, herbs and other edible plants for the garden, plus tropicals and houseplants. Purchases at the Plant Sale support conservation and education at Tudor Place. Image below: A view of a previous Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic.
All Hallows Guild, the organization which has been caring for the Washington National Cathedral grounds since 1916, will present the 80th annual Flower Marton May 3 & 4.The event is Washington’s premier outdoor family festival. The theme this year will be a celebration of the contributions of bees and butterflies to the Garden. The countless diversions offered by the Flower Mart will include:
Garden plants for sale, 70 boutique booths, A ride on the Cathedral’s historic carousel, A White Elephant Tent Gardening advice from the Cathedral's horticulture staff Food booths Activities for children An Floral Display by Washington Embassies Free entertainment A climb up the Cathedral Tower - and much more.
Cultural Tourism DC will present Passport DC, May 1–31. Passport DC is “a month-long journey around the world highlighting DC's thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied culture."
Celebrated annually in May, which is International Cultural Awareness Month in Washington, Passport DC offers 31 days of programming by embassies and cultural institutions.
Among the events scheduled are:
* Around the World Embassy Tour, May 4
* European Union Embassies' Open House, May 11
The images below are from a previous Passport DC - Courtesy of Cultural Tourism DC, Inc.
Please see the articles below for more descriptive information.
The annual Around the World Embassy Tour will take place on May 4. Last year, more than 50 embassies opened their doors to visitors, allowing guests to pet alpacas, play with robots, learn indigenous dances, and more! Visitors could see the world through the embassies of our global neighbors and experience the food, art, dance, fashion, music, innovations, and manufactured goods from different countries. The presenter notes that “There is no charge to participate in Around the World Embassy Tour and tickets are not required. It is recommended that you take a form of government-issued identification with you.”
The annual European Union Embassies Open House will be on May 11.Visitors to the European Union (EU) Delegation and the embassies of the EU member states will enjoy the authentic music, dance, food, film, and art of 28 distinctive nations. Participants in the embassy open houses include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The presenters note that “There is no charge to participate in the European Union Embassies Open House and tickets are not required. It is recommended that you take a form of government-issued identification with you.”
The National Zoo will present ZooFari: Bite Nighton May 16. The benefit for wildlife is sponsored by GEICO.The evening will feature “exotic animals, unforgettable entertainment and the best gourmet bites in the city.
Enjoy delicious food from the D.C. area's best restaurants and fine wine from its best vintners, all while supporting the Smithsonian’s work to save endangered animals around the world.”
Bike to Work Day 2019 will take place on May 17. Registration for the event, which is organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), is now open. Thousands are expected to register and participate in this year’s event. There will be 115 pit stops across the region with refreshments, giveaways—and the chance to win one of many new bicycles as part of a free raffle. Also, the first 20,000 registrants to attend will receive a free T-shirt.
Images below: Views of Bike to Work Day at the Friendship Heights Pit Stop in 2018
Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA, the education and family programming arm of the Keegan Theatre, is presenting the world premiere of FROM GUMBO TO MUMBO, a unique new work for teenagers and their families, thru April 7. The play is unique in that it is written by and for black men - an audience that often feels missed in the theatre, especially when it comes to teen-aged audiences. Drew Anderson and Dwayne Lawson-Brown wrote the play, which is directed by Duane Richards II. FROM GUMBO TO MUMBO “tells the story of a dreadlock-rocking Southeast DC video game geek who meets up with a New Orleanian science teacher who uses comedy to contemplate his place in Trump’s America. Together, they conjure a dynamic cauldron of hip hop, poetry, and theatre to colorfully redefine masculinity, question social and political issues, and celebrate love and the search for home.”
The Kennedy Center will present the premiere ofVOYAGERS: A Dance Among the Planets - a co-commission for Young Audiences -in the Family Theater, March 29-March 31. The Kennedy Center, D.C. dance ensemble Company | E, and composer Eric Shimelonis will share an interplanetary display of modern movement set to Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Company | E combines live music, dance, and a bit of Einstein to celebrate curiosity, compassion, and the natural world. Experience the distinct character of each planet, from the majestic and jolly Jupiter, to the angry and ominous Mars, to the lively and flighty Mercury." The program is recommended for Age 5+.
Image below: The logo for A Dance Among the Planets.
NSO Music for Young Audiences will present Break it Down! with Paul Fadoul on marimba and Zara Lawler on flute in the Family Theater on April 27 & 28.Children can see how instruments from the wind and percussion families are taken apart and put back together again. Age 3+
Image below: Paul Fadoul on marimba and Zara Lawler on flute.
The Kennedy Center will present an event for young audiences titled Colorsin the Family Theater on May 18 & 19.Italy’s Compagnia Tpo and Teatro Metastasio explore children’s perceptive, emotional, and creative relationships to colors with a physical dance piece. Performers will interact with audience members—and some may even have the chance to get up on the stage and join in the colorful landscape!