Seen and Heard: Happenings Around Town


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  • Singer Miley Cyrus performs at the Barclays Center on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Miley Cyrus at Verizon

    Miley Cyrus' latest tour for her album, “Bangerz,” comes to the Verizon Center at 7 p.m. tonight.

    Icona Pop will also perform. 

    Find ticket information at 

  • Check out the promotional video for Woodbridge Senior High School's production of "Bye Bye Birdie." It runs from Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, April 12.

  • Portrait of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland by Harold
    E. Edgerton
     (Courtesy National Portrait Gallery)

    Mickey Rooney portrait on display at National Portrait Gallery

    WASHINGTON -- A portrait of late comedian Mickey Rooney, who died earlier this week at the age of 93, is on view indefinitely at the National Portrait Gallery

    The portrait shows Rooney and frequent co-star Judy Garland in 1939. It will be displayed in a first-floor space reserved for honoring prominent people who have recently died, the museum says. 

    Click here for more information. 

  • Bethesda readies for 15th annual literary festival

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- Bethesda is readying for its 15th annual literary festival.

    The festival begins Friday and runs through Sunday. It includes more than a dozen authors who will read from their works, talk about writing and take part in discussions. Authors include Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, who wrote "The Nanny Diaries," and John Rizzo, a lawyer for the CIA who wrote "Company Man.

    Also speaking is Seth Goldman, the co-founder of Bethesda-based Honest Tea, who co-wrote a book about the company.

    All events are free.

    Read the full story on

    Read more about the festival on the event's website.

  • Student artists display works at Corcoran 

    WASHINGTON -- See the next generation of artists Thursday at the Corcoran College of Art during a special exhibit  showcasing "the brilliance and promise of its students."

    "NEXT at the Corcoran" features pieces from each degree program, including photography, graphic design and new media. There will also be artist talks and ongoing viewings from now though May. 

    Click here for more information. 

    Watch a teaser from last year's exhibit below:

    NEXT at the Corcoran: Class of 2013
    by Corcoran Gallery of A... via YouTube

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the buff

    WASHINGTON -- The comedienne and star of HBO's "Veep" decided to wear nothing but ink for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, which hits stands Friday. 

    "The immortal words of America's founding fathers" decorate the back of the 53-year-old actress, who tells Rolling Stone that sexism is alive and well today. 

    "I'm not denying its existence," she tells the magazine. "But I'm saying that I will deny its effort against me. I just pay it no nevermind and say, 'Get out of my way.'"

    Read more about the revealing photo shoot here

    And check out a WTOP interview with the managing editor of The Hill newspaper, who will appear this Sunday on the hit show. 

  • Johnny Rotten joins cast of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

    WASHINGTON -- See Johnny "Rotten" Lydon like you've never seen, or imagined, him before in the latest revival of rock opera "Jesus Christ Supserstar."

    Lydon will play King Herod in the musical.

    Joining the former Sex Pistol onstage is Incubus' Brandon Boyd, NSYNC’s JC Chasez and former Destiny’s Child’s singer Michelle Williams, Rolling Stone reports

    "In 1971, [co-writer Andrew Lloyd Webber] and I were thrilled by the first-ever Jesus Christ Superstar tour of the United States," Tim Rice says in the announcement. 

    "We certainly did not imagine then that 43 years later we would be witnessing another America-wide tour of our first big hit show. We are delighted and grateful that enthusiasm for Superstar has been maintained over the years and this new production presents the work in its most powerful format – as a true rock experience." 

    The new show comes to the Verizon Center Aug. 7. Click here for more info.

    Jesus Christ Superstar, 2012 Broadway Revival
    by Kimberly Kohn via YouTube

  • Led Zeppelin - Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1970 (Full Concert)
    by Rhidalgo789 via YouTube

    'Led Zeppelin Played Here' announces local screenings 

    WASHINGTON -- If you missed out on seeing the band onstage in its heyday, now is your chance to relive those rock 'n' roll moments thanks to a local documentary. 

    "Led Zeppelin Played Here" asks the still unanswered question: Did the band play in Wheaton, Md., Jan. 20, 1969?

    From the filmmakers:

    "1969. Man lands on the moon. Half a million strong at Woodstock. Sesame Street makes its debut…. and Led Zeppelin perform in the gym of the Wheaton Youth Center on Georgia Avenue in front of 50 confused teenagers. Or did they? Filmmaker Jeff Krulik offers a preview screening of his take on an enduring local legend, on the very night this concert was alleged to have taken place, January 20, 1969, during the first Presidential Inauguration of Richard Nixon."

    See the film May 9 at College Park Arts Exchange and June 1 at the DC Record Fair at Artisphere. Click here for more information. 
  • Are you a Paul Newman fan? Head to the National Theatre Monday evening for a free screening of "Somebody Up There Likes Me" :
  • Flashmob takes over Columbia Heights this weekend        

    WASHINGTON -- Yes, it's only Monday, but it's never too early to plan ahead for the weekend. This Sunday, prepare to dance the afternoon away as part of a flashmob that will descend on Columbia Heights. 

    Meet in Mount Pleasant at Past Tense yoga studio on the corner of Park Road and Mount Pleasant Street at 1 p.m. The horde will move east towards the Columbia Heights fountain and dance to Sara Bareilles' "Brave." A video of the choreography will be posted soon, but check out the event's Facebook page in the meantime. 

    Sara Bareilles - Brave
    by SaraBareillesVEVO via YouTube

  • National Building Museum will a-maze you

    WASHINGTON -- Pardon the pun, but we couldn't help it. A giant maze is coming to the National Building Museum

    It will be 18 feet tall, and 61 feet by 61 feet wide. The plywood structure will feature twists and turns for visitors to meander through on the ground floor, while providing an aerial view of the structure from the second floor. 

    This project is being constructed in partnership with the BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, who was inspired by "ancient labyrinths, garden and hedge mazes of 17th and 18th-century Europe, and modern American corn mazes."  

    The "BIG Maze" will be on display July 4 through Sept. 1 and is part of the museum's Summer Block Party. Click here for info and see pictures below:

    Courtesy National Building Museum 

    Courtesy National Building Museum  

  • Best Bets: Shakespeare, George Harrison and BBQ

    Mary dePompa, WTOP News

    All Weekend:

    • 128th Annual Hyattsville Anniversary Carnival, Parade and Fireworks at Magruder Park is family fun for the entire weekend with a myriad of events including rides, live music and a teen dance. For info
    • Sugar Loaf Craft Festival this weekend at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds features 250 top artisans displaying a variety of creations with masterful demonstrations, hands on activities, live music and kid’s entertainment. Rain or Shine. For info
    • Amazing Easter Farm Fun at Ticonderoga Farms in Chantilly, Va. - Enjoy great family fun with the Easter bunny, egg hunts, prizes, rides and more! Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For Info
    • Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Va. presents the Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to  5.p.m. This event is best for kids 10 and under and includes peep harvesting, egg hunts by age with prizes and the Easter bunny. For info
    • The National Theatre presents Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain various times this weekend. For info

    Saturday, April 5:

    • Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival is the perfect place to enjoy great family fun with music, activities, cultural experiences, live entertainment and delicious food in multiple locations. For info  
    • KeysFest at the Frederick Keys Stadium in Maryland is a free, fan-centered day of fun for all ages! Bring the family, tour the stadium, hands on activities, food, fun, rides and prizes. For info
    • Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire at the Roosevelt Center is part science fair, part county fair for all ages of tech enthusiasts, crafters, tinkerers, hobbyists and artists. It’s billed the “greatest family friendly show and tell on earth!" For info 
    • The 35th Annual Gunston Hall Kite Festival in Lorton, Va. is perfect for a family picnic. See and purchase kites, play games, climb on fire trucks, sample cooking, baked goods and more! For info 
    • International Pillow Fight Day has pillow fights breaking out around the world. In D.C., the National Monument will be the scene for this year's free event. For info
    • Anacostia River Watershed Cleanup and Celebration. Volunteer for this event all around the D.C. metro area. Dig in, get dirty and enjoy a free celebration at RFK Stadium after with live music, local exhibitors, food and more! For info
    • GreenFest Columbia is hosted at Howard Community College and is a free family event with displays, crafts, workshops and a mini farmer’s market. Learn as a family to go green! For info
    • Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage presents, as part of the Hip Hop Culture World Wide One Mic Festival, Rock! Like a Girl, which celebrates women’s contributions to hip-hop. Featured artists include MC Lyte, Miri-Ben Ari and Lauryn Hill. For info


    • Maryland Live Casino’s Rams Head Center Stage presents the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute with "Who’s Bad." For info
    • The Hamilton Live hosts the unique blend of old time rock, boogie and redneck country of Commander Cody. For info
    • The State Theatre in Virginia hosts a virtual '80s party with The LegwarmersFor info 
    • The U Street Music Hall hosts hip-hop innovator Grand Master Flash. Info here
    • Gypsy Sally’s presents the Newgrass, Americana of Dead Winter Carpenters. For info
    • Jammin' Java hosts Nashville Songwriters Playing it Forward Benefit. Hear the original songwriters perform their hits with the stories behind them. For info

    Sunday, April 6:

    • Beards, Brews and BBQ at the BadWolf Brewing Company in Manassas offers great live music, local beers, prizes and the boasts the best BBQ. Rain or shine. For info 
    • Folger Shakespeare Library in Southeast presents Shakespeare’s Birthday Family Open House. Celebrate the bards 450th birthday with music, song dance, jesters, jugglers, tours and treasure hunts, hands on activities and cake! For info
    • George Mason Center for the Arts in Fairfax hosts the Moscow Festival Ballet presenting “Ballet Favorites.” It’s an afternoon of the classics. For info
    • The Smith Center at the University of Maryland presents four-time Gospel Grammy winner Yolanda Adams with only balcony seats available! For info 
    • Gypsy Sally’s hosts a special matinee with Rosie Ledet and Zydeco Playboys. Includes free dance lessons. For info 


    • The Birchmere hosts the Jazz Times best violinist, Regina Carter. For info
    • Jammin' Java presents an Extraordinary Night of Guitars with three of America’s most innovative acoustic players, Dan LaVoie, Trevor Gordon Hall and Shun NG. For info
    • The Hamilton Live presents 40 great performers in Tribute to George Harrison. For info
    • IOTA Cafe offers John Langford & Skull Orchard w/ Justin Jones. For info
    • The Strathmore presents world music maven, Buika. For info
    • Hill Country BBQ in Northwest presents country rocker Danni Leigh. For info
  • Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday this weekend in Middleburg

    WASHINGTON -- Middleburg, Va. is making much ado about William Shakespeare's 450th birthday with a weekend celebration in honor of the famous bard. 

    Starting Friday night, the artsy town is turning into Stratford -upon-Avon with "Shakespeare in the 'Burg." Festivities kick off with a showing of "Shakespeare in Love" at the Hill School. Tickets are $25. Screening starts at 6:30 p.m. 

    Watch a trailer of the movie below:

    Shakespeare in Love Official Trailer #1 - Tom Wilkinson Movie (1998) HD
    by Movieclips Classic Tr... via YouTube

    Catch a performance Saturday night of "The Merry Wives of Windsor,"which was special ordered by Queen Elizabeth I. "Henry IV Part 1" will be performed Sunday afternoon by the American Shakespeare Center

    The weekend will also feature acting and writing workshops, plus Renaissance-inspired food and drink.

    See a full list of events here.
  • Former President Carter at Arena Stage

    WASHINGTON -- If you're heading out to the red carpet premiere of "Camp David" tonight at Arena Stage, make sure to bring some binoculars. Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will be in attendance. 

    The former first couple will serve as honorary chair members during the fundraising event, which kicks off Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with a VIP cocktail reception. Money raised will go towards supporting programs at the theater.

    Tickets for the big night range from $250 to $50,000. Click here for more info.

    The play runs though May 4.

    And don't miss Carter on WTOP. Click here to listen to the full interview. 

  • Happening Tonight: Thursday, April 3

    You know it's spring when the National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing. Tonight, get your pink and white party on at the Grand Sake Tasting at Carnegie Library on K Street. Swig from 20 different sakes, beers and shochu options. Tickets are $100. Tasting starts at 7 p.m. Info here

    "One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide" continues tonight at the Kennedy Center with a multimedia show featuring Paige Hernandez and Baye Harrell and jazz vocalist Akua Allrich and The Corner Store Jazz Trio. There will be a short post-show discussion immediately following the performance. Info here

    Celebrate the 128th anniversary of Hyattsville during an evening carnival tonight from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Magruder Park. Festivities include rides, food and games. Info here

    Film buffs should head to AFI Silver Spring for opening night of Festival of New Spanish Cinema. Kicking off the fest is "Grupo 7," which follows an overworked group of cops as they make their own rules in the war on drugs in Seville, Spain. Screening starts at 7:30 p.m. and is immediately followed by a reception with filmmaker Alberto Rodriguez. Info here

    The Psychedelic Furs bring '80s classics like "Pretty in Pink" and "Love My Wayto the State Theatre in Falls Church. Tickets are $40. Info here

    The Psychedelic Furs - Pretty In Pink
    by Ignazio Deddu via YouTube

  • Jack White releases new song

    WASHINGTON -- Fans will have to wait until June 10 to hear the new album, but Jack White is giving listeners a taste of what is to come. 

    A new single from "Lazaretto" is now available for download, Rolling Stone reports. "High Ball Stepper" is "a scorched Earth instrumental in which White only snaps out of his guitar madness for brief interludes of flourishing piano," the magazine says. 

    Read more here and watch the video below:

    Jack White - "High Ball Stepper" (Lazaretto Album Track)
    by jackwhite via YouTube
  • "The Future is Here" and tickets are still on sale

    WASHINGTON -- If you are a science or science fiction nerd like yours truly, do not miss out on this most excellent event. 

    For three glorious days in May, panelists -- including actors Sir Patrick Stewart and George Takei, cosmologist Brian Greene and "The Mythbusters"  -- will join experts from MIT, NASA and other organizations to discuss all things science and technology.

    The weekend, hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, includes an advanced screening of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" Saturday, May 17. 

    "The Future is Here" runs from May 16 through May 18. Tickets start at $250. Click here for more info.

    And watch a trailer for "X-Men" below:

    X-Men: Days of Future Past | Official Trailer 2 [HD] | 20th Century FOX
    by X-Men Movies via YouTube

  • Meat and music merge in new D.C. festival 

    WASHINGTON -- A new electronic music festival will bring together BBQ and beats June 14 at  Union Market in Northeast D.C. 

    The Union BBQ will feature London-based DJ Jamie xx, Viceroy, Kaytranada and Orchard Lounge, and is being organized by the folks behind U Street Music Hall. There will be two stages thumping music from noon to midnight on Dock 5. Tickets are $40. Click here for more details.

  • WASHINGTON -- A famous rapper is accused of hitting a man in the face Monday night at Verizon Center.

    Rapper Wale was at a live taping of WWE "Monday Night Raw." 

    TMZ reports a man began taunting him, so he punched the fan directly in the face.

    Both Wale and the other man returned to their seats shortly after the incident. 

    It's unclear whether the fight was real or staged for the show.

  • Comedian Tom Arnold will be performing at the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse next
    . Click here for more info.

    And watch a clip below from "Conan ": 

    Tom Arnold Works Out With Arnold Schwarzenegger
    by Team Coco via YouTube

  • Cirque du Soleil returns to D.C. July 31

    WASHINGTON -- Travel to a magical island ruled by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon in "Amaluna," Cirque du Soleil's latest creation.

    The new show tells the story of two star-crossed lovers who meet on the island after a storm knocks a boat off course.

    More about the show:

    "Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next.

    In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony."

    Presale tickets available here.

    Watch a preview below:
  • It's finally starting to feel like spring! See below for some fun cherry blossom events coming up this week:

  • Best Bets: Crafts show, Scottish Robin Hood and a kite festival

    Mary dePompa, WTOP News

    All Weekend: 

    • Dulles Expo Center -  The Craftmens Classic Art and Craft Festival is an indoor festival featuring thousands of the county’s best artisans. Browse the best, meet, shop and learn with a 3 day returnable pass. For info  
    • Kennedy Center - Family Theatre presents WORLD STAGES: The Adventures of Robin Hood, Visible Fictions from Scotland. The U.S. premiere of an updated, inventive, hilarious production of a classic tale by 2 actors and lots of imagination. Various times through the weekend. For info 
    • The Patriot Center hosts First Robotics Competion Greater DC Regional FREE for Friday and Saturday. Explore student-built, kid friendly designs with, weather permitting, LEGO Parade. For info 
    • Ringling Brother’s: Built to Amaze at the Balimore Arena this weekend. For info

    Saturday, March 29:

    • Washington Monument Grounds - It’s the annual Blossom Kite Festival! See thousands of kites complete with a kite ballet, demonstrations and a ‘hot tricks’ showdown. Rain
      date of Sunday.
      For info
    • Glen Burnie Craft and Vendor Fair at North County High featuring 80 cash and carry participants. For info 
    • Frederick Keys Stadium in Maryland - It’s the fifth annual Egg Hunt, rain or shine. For info 


    • Warehouse Center for the Arts presents the fresh comedy of Amir K with two shows, both 18 and older. For info 
    • The Weinberg Center for the Arts presents Comedy & Magic SPECTACULAR. For info 
    • The Birchmere presents singer/songwriters Cheryl Wheeler and John Gorka. For info 
    • The Warner Theatre -- It’s the heartfelt, inspiring music of the Piano Guys. For info 
    • Howard Theatre host the impeccable piano chops of the Julliard alum raised on the rhythms of New Orleans Jonathan Batiste and Stay Human. For info
    • 9:30 Club presents the virtuoso chops on five traditional bluegrass instruments with The Infamous Stringdusters. For info 
    • Gypsy Sally’s presents Richmond’s own experimental funk, jazz, pop, rock instrumentalists Tauk. For info 
    • Hamilton Live host a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, Red Baraat’s Festival of Colors. For info 
    • Sixth and i catch indie-folk rockers River City Extension. For info 
    • Ebenezers Coffee House in Northeast D.C. hosts singer/songwriter Mary Scholz. For info 
    • The Lisner Auditorium hosts the South African alt-rocker, Grammy nominated, Jesse Clegg.
      For info 

    Sunday, March 30:

    • Mt Vernon Estates -- It’s the last day for “National Treasure” Tours, a dedicated walking tour of the behind-the-scenes filming of the Blockbuster movie. For info 
    • Bull Run Winery, Va. -- An afternoon of live acoustic music with Ken Fischer. For info. Another wine option is in Loudoun Co at  Greenhill Winery and Vineyards. Enjoy the music
      of Alan Gant.
      For info 


    • Rams Head Annapolis a few seats left of Los Lonely Boys. For info 
    • Hamilton Live presents the New Orleans funk, classic rock improv of Bonerama. For info 
    • Jammin Java hosts and evening with guitar virtuosos Alex de Grassi and Andrew York. For info 
    • Bethesda Blues and Jazz presents an American icon with the bluegrass-gospel of Dr Ralph Stanley. For info 
    • Blues Alley presents the incomparable Stanley Jordan for two shows. For info 
    • The Corner Store in Southeast D.C. presents the adventurous, thought provoking voice of Heather Maloney. For Info 
    • The IOTA Cafe presents the captivating music of D.C.’s own Jenell Leppin’s Mellow Diamond. For info 
  • Love "Anchorman?" Check out the AnchorVan 

    Make way for the AnchorVan, a "news and food truck" on the road to promote the extended version and DVD release of "Anchorman 2".  The van promises interactive fun and free samples of Champ's Famous Whammy Chicken. 

    Check out today's schedule in D.C.: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Newseum, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at M St. and Wisconsin Avenue NW in Georgetown and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Verizon Center for before the Wizards game. Info here

  • Is SXSW too big for its britches? 

    WASHINGTON -- Big changes could be coming to South by Southwest after city officials take a closer look at the popular music and culture festival.

    This year marked SXSW's biggest and most chaotic -- four people were killed when a driver plowed into concert-goers and fights were recorded and disseminated on social media.

    The Austin City Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday to review the impact SXSW is having on the local community. Everything from security to traffic will be scrutinized.

    “This item is not about trying to limit or make SXSW go away,” Councilmember
    Mike Martinez told KXAN.

    “In my mind this is about preserving SXSW. It’s part of what made Austin so
    special and so attractive, but we do see that there are improvements that can be

    Read more here

  • District Sounds: New concert series debuts Friday

    Washington Post pop music critic Chris Richards is launching a new concert series Friday night at the Abraham Lincoln Hall on Capitol Hill Each installment includes a 30-minute intro by Richards with the musicians. 

    District Sounds kicks off with Kris Funn, who started playing trumpet at the age of 4 and has since toured with Grammy-winning musicians like Kenny Garrett

    Tickets are $10 to $15. Doors 7 p.m. Info here

  • Just announced: Fleetwood Mac at Verizon Center

    Tickets go on sale April 7 for the reunion tour, which features Christine McVie back on stage after a 16-year hiatus. The 33-show tour hits D.C. Oct. 31.

    Presale for American Express card members starts March 31 at 10 a.m. and regular tickets go on sale April 7 at 10 a.m. through, Ticketmaster and the Verizon Center.

    Read more here.

  • Happening Tonight: Thursday, March 27

    Humanitini: DC Speak explores the District's culture through its unique language. A panel of linguistics examine how DC Speak developed and how it contributes to building a sense of community in Washington. From 6:30 to 8:30 at the The Coupe in Columbia Heights. Info here

    The Hirshhorn's spring film series kicks off tonight with "The Weather War," a Swedish documentary "about man’s attempts to control the weather and harness it for his own purposes." The free screening starts at 8 p.m. Info here

    Interested in something a little racey? Try the Chippendales on for size. The boys take over The Fillmore stage by storm. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $35. Info here

    Arlington Artists Alliance
    members Elise Ritter and Linda Maldonado are featured this month in Gallery Underground's Special Exhibition Space.
    They explore the mysteries of jewel-toned colored light playing on surfaces in "Illuminations." Info here

    And for animal lovers:

  • Today at Arlington Public Library at Columbia Pike from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Screening is free:

  • Happening Tonight: Wednesday, March 26

    March Madness takes over Bethesda Row with a month-long martini competition. Ten restaurants -- including American Tap Room, Assaggi, Cafe Deluxe, Jaleo, Lebanese Taverna and Redwood -- are competing for best of Bethesda Row-tini. Info here

    Guitarist and former Genesis member Steve Hackett brings his latest album, "Genesis Revisited II," to the Lincoln Theatre in Northwest D.C. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $45. Info here

    Former Entertainment Weekly editor Mark Harris talks about his new book "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War," which focuses on the works of five directors who documented World War II firsthand. Harris reads excerpts from the book and takes questions at Politics & Prose in Northwest D.C. Reading starts at 7 p.m. Info here

    “Hamlet . . . the rest is silence,” Shakespeare’s tragedy is staged without words at Arlington's Synetic Theater. Info here

    Make your own book at the Corcoran Happy Hour. Supplies, wine and snacks will be provided in price of admission. Tickets are $35. Bookmaking starts at 6:30 p.m. Email Erin Higgins to register. Info here
  • National Museum of American History honors John Coltrane

    It's been 50 years since jazz legend John Coltrane recorded his masterpiece "A Love Supreme." In honor of the album's golden anniversary, Coltrane's son, Ravi, is donating one of his father's three principal tenor saxophones to the National Museum of American History during a special ceremony Wednesday morning.

    Photographer Chuck Stewart will also donate never before seen photos from the1964 recording session.

    A manuscript of the recording will be on display in the museum through June 17.

    Listen the album below:

  • Are you a fan of Brewer's Art Ozzy Ale? Ozzy doesn't seem to be. The man known for biting off a bat's head during a concert sent a cease and desist letter to the Baltimore brew pub:

  • Update: GWAR singer's death now investigated as drug-related

    WASHINGTON -- Drugs might have played a role in the death of GWAR frontman Dave Brockie.

    CBS 6 WTVR reports the shock rocker was found unconscious on his couch by Brockie's roommate Sunday evening.

    Based on evidence gathered in the singer's Richmond home, his death is now being investigated as drug-related.

    It could take up to six weeks or more for toxicology reports to be processed, officials say.

  • In need of Friday night plans? Check out the U.S. premiere of "The Adventures of Robin Hood!" The show runs through April 6.

    And speaking of the Kennedy Center, comedians Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller will swing by the Concert Hall stage July 12, 2014 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale March 28 and start at $39. Visit the Kennedy Center online to buy tickets.

  • HBO releases new "Game of Thrones" teaser

    WASHINGTON -- "Game of Thrones" fans prepare thyselves. The new season is gearing up to be deliciously dark and twisted.

    For those viewers who haven't read the books and are still recovering from the shock of last year's Red Wedding, season 4, which debuts April 6, promises to bring out "the devil inside" all the characters.

    Watch the new trailer below:

  • Twitter fail courtesy of "The Tonight Show"

  • Video: First ever GWAR show

    WASHINGTON -- As fans and fellow musicians mourn the loss of GWAR frontman and perpetual agent provocateur Dave Brockie, countless videos and pictures are surfacing of the band through the years. But few capture GWAR'S spirit and energy like this video of their first show in 1985.

    Thanks to BoingBoing for posting this little gem.

    Editor's note: The video may not be safe for work.

  • GWAR frontman Dave Brockie dead at 50

    WASHINGTON -- Dave Brockie, infamous lead singer of shock rock band GWAR, has died.
    He was 50 years old. 

    The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that police found the frontman in his Richmond home Sunday evening. 

    Officials do not suspect foul play, but are awaiting results from an autopsy to determine a cause of death. 

    GWAR was formed in 1984 by Brockie, whose stage name was Oderus Urungus. According to legend, frontman Oderus Urungus (who also goes by the human name Dave Brockie) was born about 43 billion years ago on a planet called Scumdogia. He and his cohorts, members of the fierce warrior class Scumdogs of the Universe, were banished to earth after a series of "cosmic crimes."

    Read more here

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  • Best Bets: Cherry blossom fest, Ringling Bros., ShamrockFest
    Mary dePompa, WTOP News

    All Weekend

    • Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey: Built to Amaze - Verizon Center various times this weekend. Info here
    • National Building Museum begins the Cherry Blossom Festival Family Days - Two days of hands-on activities and dynamic performances, all part of the
      annual celebration honoring the gift of trees.
      Info here
    • The Patriot Center presents  Michael Jackson’s Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soliel. Info here
    • The Environment Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital with various films and viewings all weekend. Info here
    • The Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival at the Maryland State Fairgrounds with music, food and
      fun advanced tickets have already closed.
      Now it's first come, first served at
      the door Friday and Saturday.
      Info here
    • Super Pet Expo at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, features all you need to
      know with entertainment, prizes and rescue adoptions. Pets are welcome!
      Info here
    • The Fredericksburg Home and Garden Show at the Expo Center features the latest trends,
      great displays and advice from top professionals, featuring WTOP’s own Mike McGrath!
      Info here

    Saturday, March 22

    • RFK - ShamrockFest 2014 - Rock the green with 30 bands, seven stages and an Irish village. All ages welcome. Info here
    • Maryland Day in historic St. Mary’s City. Free admission to family fun with crafts,
      kite flying and a scavenger hunt!
      Info here
    • H2O Summit in Silver Spring is an environmental, family fun field day with music,
      hands on activities and more!
      Info here
    • JamFest Cheer and Dance at the Washington Convention Center- An energetic spectacle for all ages. Info here
    • 4th Annual Oyster Roast and Sock Burning at the Annapolis Maritime Museum features
      music, food and family fun!
      Info here
    • Family Fun Fest at Bowie Baysox Stadium features free rides, games, music and more! Info here
    • Virginia Touch-A-Truck day for kids in Dominion High School in
      Sterling Va.
      See the trucks up close and even get in the driver’s seat.
      Info here
    • Lisner Auditorium - Special Benefit “Stands for the Troops” features The Bacon Brothers. Info here
    • Hamilton Live - From Austin Texas the Wheeler Brothers. Info here
    • The Lincoln Theatre presents an acapella challenge  as the Alexandria Harmonizers presents ACA Challenge. Info here
    • Rock and Roll Hotel - From Arizona, indie rockers Lydia. Info here
    • Gypsy Sally’s - Classic rock of The Nighthawks. Info here
    • Jammin Java - Seattle’s own Noah Gunderson singer-songwriter accompanied by his sister, Abby. Info here
    • Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md., has some of D.C.’s best musicians
      perform the legends in the
      Southern Soul Tribute.
      Info here
    • Rams Head Maryland Live Casino - It’s the legendary smooth jazz of Art Sherrod.
      Info here
    Sunday, March 23

    • Grow Your Own Health Festival in Fairfax with workshops, exhibitors, demonstrations
      for a healthier you.
      Features a pop-up food court. Kids under 16 are
      Info here
    • Maryland Day - Four Rivers: The Heritage area of Annapolis for family fun and
      interactive, educational activities.
      Info here
    • Jammin Java - Bluegrass matinee with Deadmen’s Hollow and Gold Top Country Ramblers. Info here

    • 9:30 - Athens, Ga. roots rockers Drive-By Truckers. Info here
    • Blues Alley - Offers two shows from Tonight Show bandleader Kevin Eubanks. Info here
    • The Birchmere hosts the incomparable comedy of Kathleen Madigan's “ Madigan Again” tour. Info here
    • Bethesda Blues & Jazz presents acclaimed jazz bassist and son of actor Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood. Info here
    • IOTA Cafe - Songwriter’s night featuring Molly Hagen. Info here

  • Also opening this weekend is Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, a 360-acre campus in Leesburg, Va. Upcoming events include:
    • Local fiddler Steve Hickman Saturday playing tunes for the whole family from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
    • Contemplative yoga first Sunday of every month
    • Full moon paranormal tours
    • Doggie Day May 17
    See a full list of events here .

  • Along with the National Cherry Blossom Festival starting this weekend, art galleries are rolling out new exhibits to kick off the season.

    Head to the 39th Street Gallery in Brentwood, Md. for the Friday night opening of "Natural World," an intimate look at life with HIV. The mixed media project by artist Eric Rhein features a memorial to people he has lost to the disease. Info here.

    Friday is closing night of "SELECT 2014," Washington Project for the Arts 33rd annual art auction exhibition at Artisphere in Rosslyn. It includes works by 111 emerging and established artists in a variety of media. The closing art gala will be held Saturday, and will feature a silent auction of more than 150 art works by top contemporary artists, dinner, open bar and live DJ's. Tickets start at $325. Info here.

    More from East City Art:

  • Spring is
    finally here! Well, almost. And that means it's time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which kicks off tonight with the
    Pink Tie Party fundraiser. It's just one of many events coming to D.C. along with those beautiful pink and white flowers.

    Check below for more events:

    Thursday, March 20

    • Pink Inside and Out: Pink Tie Party fundraiser at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Celebrate the blossoms in style and watch as the Ronald Reagan Building turns pink during the City in Bloom lighting. Tickets are still available for $200 per person. Info here.
    • Step into spring photo-op with free blossom decals at Metro Center.
    • City in Bloom: Iconic buildings light and project blossoms at nightfall, including the Capital One Bank building at 1st and H streets, the Newseum, Wilson Building and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Metro stations, taxis, pedicabs, Capital Bikeshare’s fleet, plus stores at Tysons Corner Center will feature bright pink blossom decals. 

    Saturday, March 22

    •  National Cherry Blossom Festival opening ceremony at Warner Theatre from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Step Into Spring Fitness Programming at the Jefferson Memorial, including 10 a.m. cardio kickboxing and 11 a.m. world beat dance classes with Crunch Fitness.
    • Family Days at the National Building Museum from 10 .m. to 4 p.m. Families enjoy free hands-on activities and dynamic performances.

    Sunday, March 23

    • Family Days presented with the National Building Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Families enjoy free  hands-on activities and dynamic performances.


    • Cherry Picks Restaurant Program: More than 90 local restaurants serve spring-inspired dishes and drinks. View the full list here. 
    • Big Bus Tours: Official bus tour of the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Book online for 25 percent savings using code NCBF14.
    • Petal Pass: Pick up a free Petal Pass exclusively at Capital One Bank branches. Enjoy springtime savings at participating retailers, restaurants, area attractions and more.
    • Community Art Show: Enjoy original artwork by hundreds of local public and charter school students at Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Northwest D.C. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday,  noon to 4 p.m.

    The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs March 20 through April 13.

  • Happening Tonight: Thursday, March 20

    Benefit concert featuring Thee Lolitas and End Crimes at Black Cat in Northwest D.C. for the family of local musician Travis Jackson, who was killed in a car accident in January. Jackson was the founder of Windian Records and played drums in D.C. garage band The Points. Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets $10. Info here.

    Head to the Natural History Museum to make your own bento box and learn more about the Japanese lunch time tradition.
    Food writer and cookbook author Debra Samuels leads the hands-on program, which starts at 6:45. Info here.

    Ryukyuan folk singer Rimi Natsukawa offers a performance of Ryukyuan music that blends both traditional and modern music elements in honor of the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Performance starts at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. Info here.

    Opening night of "Don Giovanni" at Catholic University's Hartke Theater. The two-act opera features music
    by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte and tells the story of a doomed man on the day of his reckoning. "Is he pursuer or pursued? Will he ever know true satisfaction? Is it possible to save him from hell, or will he choose damnation over decency?" Doors at 7 p.m. Info here.

    The circus is coming to town, literally, as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present "The Greatest Show on Earth," opening tonight at the Verizon Center. Doors are at 7:30 p.m., and there are additional performances through Sunday. Info here.
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