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Washington DC Events - Top Things to Do this Weekend (April 18-21)

Thursday April 17, 2014
See a guide to the top events going on this weekend in the Washington, DC area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia.

  • Passover in Washington, DC - April 14-22, 2014. Find resources for celebrating the Jewish holiday in the Washington DC area, including kosher markets, restaurants, synagogues and more.

  • Filmfest DC - April 17-27, 2014. See a wide range of extraordinary new films from around the world at a variety of Washington, DC locations.

  • National Park Week - April 19-27, 2014. The National Park Service encourages everyone to enjoy the natural wonders found in parks across the country. Special activities will take place around the region.

  • Easter in Washington, DC - April 20, 2014. See a guide to celebrating the holiday in the nation's capital including the schedules and suggested venues for Easter brunch, Easter egg hunts, religious services and other special events.

  • White House Easter Egg Roll - April 21, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Bring the kids to hunt for Easter Eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny on the White House lawn. See also Easter Egg Hunts in Maryland and Virginia.

  • African American Family Celebration at the National Zoo - April 21, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At this year's multicultural tradition, the Zoo will offer an Easter egg roll/hunt, crafts, live entertainment, a food bazaar, and more family-friendly fun. Talk with Smithsonian scientists, who will share their work with such African animals as the kori bustard, cheetah, gorilla, and gaboon viper.

  • DC Design House Tours - Through May 11, 2014. Washington, DC's premiere residential design showcase features a home renovated by the region's top interior designers. Tours are available and raise funds for Children's National Medical Center.

  • Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Month - Throughout April 2014. Various locations. The Smithsonian celebrates jazz music with special talks, workshops, concerts and more.

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  • Marian Anderson Artifacts Donated to the Smithsonian’s African American History Museum

    Thursday April 17, 2014
    The orange-and-black velvet ensemble Marian Anderson (1897-1993) wore during her Easter Sunday performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 has been donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is under construction and slated to open in 2016. The concert attire is part of a collection donated to the museum by Ginette DePreist, the widow of the celebrated conductor James DePreist (1936-2013) who was Anderson's nephew. Also in the collection is a framed photograph of Anderson posing with other luminaries who, in 1978, were the first recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors: Fred Astaire, George Balanchine, Richard Rogers and Arthur Rubenstein. Also in the collection is the blue dress Anderson wore to that awards ceremony.

    Anderson was subject racial bias and the concert was an important moment in our nation's civil rights history. Howard University wanted to host Anderson for a concert in Washington, DC and approached the Daughters of the American Revolution about using Constitution Hall. DAR had a policy that barred the use of the hall by African American performers. DAR's refusal to let Anderson perform at Constitution Hall became a national story when First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt publicly resigned her membership in the organization. In response, Walter White, executive secretary of the NAACP, and Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes arranged for Anderson to give a public concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939.

    In honor of the 75th anniversary of the historic Marian Anderson concert, the classic skirt and blouse will be on display at the entrance to the African American History gallery in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History from April through September 2014.

    Photo by Hugh Talman, Smithsonian Institution

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  • Public Voting for 2014 RAMMYS

    Wednesday April 16, 2014
    Public voting for the 2014 RAMMY Awards (Restaurant Awards) will be accepted through Sunday, April 27. This year, the public will decide the winners in four categories including Favorite Gathering Place of the Year, Favorite Fast Bites, Upscale Casual Brunch of the Year and Everyday Casual Brunch of the Year. The finalists are listed below.

    Favorite Gathering Place of the Year:
    • Bar Pilar
    • Bistrot Du Coin
    • Cashion's Eat Place
    • Hank's Oyster Bar - Dupont
    • Tune Inn
    Favorite Fast Bites:
    • Amsterdam Falafelshop
    • Bayou Bakery
    • Buzz Bakery
    • Red Apron Butcher
    • Woodward TakeOut Food
    Upscale Casual Brunch of the Year:
    • Art and Soul
    • Blue Duck Tavern
    • Mintwood Place
    • The Source by Wolfgang Puck
    • Vermilion
    Everyday Casual Brunch of the Year:
    • DGS Delicatessen
    • Et Voila!
    • Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
    • Pizzeria Orso
    • Ted's Bulletin - Barracks Row
    Votes for these four categories can be cast online at washingtoncitypaper.com or ramw.org. The winners will be announced at the 32nd Annual RAMMY Awards Gala on Sunday, June 22, 2014.

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    Embassy Chef Challenge 2014

    Wednesday April 16, 2014
    The Embassy Chef Challenge will take place on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 6:00-9:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington DC. As part of the annual Passport DC, celebration of international culture, chefs from around the world will dish up hors d'oeuvres showcasing their countries' cuisine while trying to win favor for the People's Choice Award. A panel of celebrity chefs and food critics will select the Judge's Choice. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the art, culture and heritage found in Washington's diverse neighborhoods. Tickets are $250 and available at www.embassychefchallenge.com. Early registration is encouraged-- last year's event sold out.

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  • Julio Iglesias to Perform at Strathmore

    Tuesday April 15, 2014
    Julio Iglesias ignites the Music Center stage for the 2014 Spring Gala at Strathmore on Saturday, April 26, 2014. With hits like "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," "All of You" and "Hey," Iglesias is a passionate advocate for music and an ideal headliner for the fundraising event. In the 45 years of his unstoppable career, Julio Iglesias has sold more than 300 million copies of his 80 albums released worldwide, including original versions in various languages, compilations and live albums. He has been formally recognized as the top-selling Latin artist in history. He is also the recipient of a Grammy Award, American Music Awards, and the prestigious ASCAP Pied Piper Award, the highest award of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Proceeds from the event directly support Strathmore's programming initiatives such as the Visual Art Exhibitions program and Music in the Mansion; performances from world-class artists and musicians; education and artistic programs such as the Artists in Residence program and free community events and festivals. Tickets (for concert only) $58-$125 (limited single tickets still available for purchase) Dinner tickets are $600 and up. Read more about Strathmore Music Center.

    Photo © Getty Images

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  • DC Emancipation Day

    Tuesday April 15, 2014
    On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, granting freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. DC Emancipation Day is an official public holiday and the city celebrates it with a variety of activities. The annual celebration began in 1866 and continued until 1901, when a lack of organizational and financial support ceased the annual tradition. Recognition of Emancipation Day gained new life just over 100 years later, in 2002 when the DC Council commemorated April 16th as a private holiday, recognizing the historical significance of the Act. Councilmember Vincent Orange Sr.'s proposed legislation on July 9th, 2004 made the holiday a public one the following year, giving city employees a free day off, and marking 2005 the first year that DC Emancipation Day was celebrated as an official city holiday in the nation's capital. Enjoy this year's parade, concert, fireworks and more. See the schedule of Emancipation Day events in Washington DC.
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    Natural History Museum to Expand its Dinosaur Hall

    Monday April 14, 2014
    The National Museum of Natural History is set to exhibit one of the most complete T. rex specimens ever discovered! The Smithsonian museum has made a 50-year loan agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to transfer a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton for eventual display in the museum's new dinosaur hall. Known as the "Wankel T. rex," the rare fossil was found in 1988 by Kathy Wankel, a rancher from Angela, Montana on federal land near the Fort Peck Reservoir in eastern Montana. It was loaned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana from 1990 to 2011. The T rex skeleton will arrive in Washington, DC on April 15, 2014 and will be the centerpiece of the museum's new 31,000-square-foot national fossil hall, which will open in 2019.

    The Smithsonian will create a new hall of prehistoric life in the National Museum of Natural History in what will be the largest and most complex renovation in the museum's history. The new hall will feature specimens from the museum's unrivaled collection of 46 million fossils and present the latest scientific research in paleobiology. The current hall will close to the public April 28, 2014 in order to begin the complete redesign and renovation of the exhibition space. The museum will launch three interim dinosaur-focused exhibitions this year that will give visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the ancient world of dinosaurs and cutting-edge paleontological research. The museum is planning additional exhibitions and programs for 2015-2019.

    Photo © NMNH

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  • When Will the Metro Silver Line Open?

    Monday April 14, 2014
    The Metro Silver Line has had several construction delays, but the first phase is now expected to open sometime this summer (2014). An exact date will be announced at a later date. The Silver Line (also known as the Dulles Metrorail) is a 23-mile extension of the existing Washington Metrorail system in Northern Virginia, which will stretch from East Falls Church to Dulles International Airport, continuing west to Ashburn. The second phase is expected to be completed in 2018. The opening of this Metrorail line is greatly anticipated with the hope that it will vastly improve the congested traffic in this busy area. See a map and read more about the Metro Silver Line.



    Phase one of the construction of the Silver Line adds four Metro stations in Tysons, Virginia. This expanded transportation is a part of a comprehensive 40-year development plan to transform the Northern Virginia community into a walkable, sustainable, downtown area. The area will see dramatic changes in the coming years. To learn more, see Tysons, Virginia Development - An Overview of Future Plans.

    Photo © WMATA

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  • Easter Events in Washington, DC

    Sunday April 13, 2014
    Easter is just around the corner. It's time to make those Easter brunch reservations and plan where to take the kids on an Easter egg hunt. The Washington, DC area has some special events that are sure to be fun for the whole family. Many of the city's most popular attractions are open on Easter Day. See a guide to celebrating Easter in Washington, DC.

    Photo © Martin Poole
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    Washington DC Events - Top Things to Do this Weekend (April 11-13)

    Thursday April 10, 2014
    See a guide to the top events going on this weekend in the Washington, DC area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia.

    • 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival - Through April 13, 2014. The capital welcomes spring with this annual tradition begun by the gift of 600 trees to the United States from Japan in 1912. See the calendar of events including the parade, kite festival, concerts, fireworks and cultural events.

    • Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival - April 12, 2014, 10 a.m. Constitution Ave. NW Washington DC. See wonderful entertainment for the whole family including decorated floats, gigantic colorful helium balloons, marching bands, clowns, horses, antique cars, military and celebrity performances, and more.

    • Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival - April 12, 2014, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Washington DC. The huge Japanese street party includes live entertainment, food, arts, games and a Ginza Marketplace.

    • Easter Egg Hunts in the Washington DC Area - Various dates. Find a variety of family-fun Easter events around the capital region.

    • Marine Corps 17.75K - April 12, 2014. Prince William County, VA. The unique 17.75K distance of 11.03 miles will be held just outside Marine Corps Base Quantico taking runners on a course along the wooded paths and scenic roads of Prince William Forest Park.

    • Thomas Jefferson Birthday - April 13, 2014, 11 a.m. Visit the Jefferson Memorial and attend the wreath-laying ceremony to mark the birthday of our third president. The event will feature a military color guard, patriotic wreath tributes and the sounding of Taps.

    • DC Design House Tours - April 13 - May 11, 2014. Washington, DC's premiere residential design showcase features a home renovated by the region's top interior designers. Tours are available and raise funds for Children's National Medical Center.

    • Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Month - Throughout April 2014. Various locations. The Smithsonian celebrates jazz music with special talks, workshops, concerts and more.

    • Francophonie Cultural Festival - Through April 15, 2014. Learn about French culture through a variety of concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children's workshops, and more.

    • Smithsonian Craft Show - April 10-13, 2014. National Building Museum, Washington DC. This is your chance to buy unique crafts from the most prestigious exhibition of contemporary American arts in the nation.

    • Bay Bridge Boat Show - April 11-13, 2014. Kent Island, Maryland. The show kicks off the boating season each spring with a display of hundreds of new and late model brokerage boats and boat equipment displays.

    • Bethesda Literary Festival - April 11-13, 2014. Dozens of authors and writers conduct readings, talks and other activities at galleries, bookstores and other sites in downtown Bethesda.

    • Tall Ship Schooner Virginia comes to Alexandria - April 12-13, 2014, 12-5 p.m. G/H Pier on the North End of the Marina at 201 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA. A tall ship recreation of the Virginia Pilot Association's last pure sailing vessel, in operation from 1917-1926--will dock in Alexandria, the first stop of its 2014 tour, where, along the historic waterfront, visitors are invited to participate in deck tours.

    • Pink and Drink Bar Crawl - April 12, 2014, 1-9 p.m. Enjoy a day of drink specials, new friends and your best pink outfit to support breast cancer awareness. Participating establishments include: The Front Page, Rumors, Ozio, Public Bar, Irish Whiskey, The Mighty Pint, The Mad Hatter, Sign of the Whale, Cafe Citron, Fiesta Lounge, Kabin and more. Ages 21 and up only.
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