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Spring has sprung and it couldn’t have come soon enough. After an especially snowy winter, weather weary Washingtonians are ready to get outside (without hat and mittens). That being said, what is there to do on these beautiful days? It’s time to preview some local DC events for the very early spring.
First off, tomorrow starts kicks off Filmfest DC, the metro area’s annual film festival. It will run until 4/27 and the films will be presented all across DC. Luckily for us, Filmfest has all kinds of movies to appeal to your mood of the moment. There are comedies, dramas, films fighting for social justice and even some highlighting food. A whole slew of awards will be presented and you can vote for your favorites in the various categories.
This Saturday features Broccoli City Festival, our first music festival of this spring and summer. Down at the Gateway Pavilion in SE they’ll be all kinds of music and fun from 12-8pm. What makes this unique though is its emphasis on more than music. This festival is just as much about sustainability, community and fitness as it is the music.
If you are more of a jazz fan then next week will be big for you. April is Jazz Appreciation Month and on back to back nights, there are two wonderful programs available. On Thursday 4/24, Jazz Diplomacy at the National Archives features an impressively credentialed panel discussing various attempts to use Jazz for diplomacy during the Cold War. If discussions are not your thing, the next evening, Friday 4/25, as part of its Take 5! Series, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will features a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with the sultry vocals of local artist Lena Seikaly accompanied by The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra.
If you find yourself on the other side of the river don’t worry! From now until September you can catch Art on the Art Bus: Maribeth Egan, in Arlington. This is a mobile exhibit set up inside an Arlington public bus meant to spread local art to the community. Also opening next Thursday is Next to Last, the final show of Corcoran College of Art and Design seniors on display at the Capitol Skyline Hotel Lounge.
Lastly, you may just be nostalgic for days past and luckily the Union Market’s drive-in series begins this Friday. You can catch National Lampoon’s Vacation starting at 8pm. Could there be a better way to kick-off spring in Washington?