From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.
It’s officially springtime in DC, which means that the
cherry blossoms fanny-packed tourist hoards have descended upon us. Escape from them this weekend at one of these happenings, hand-picked with love, just for you, by me:
Friday, April 19
- Cult of personality: 80s staple Living Colour headlines tonight’s early show at 6 pm at the 9:30 Club (815 V Street NW). Tickets are $25.
- Strippers and raffles and contortionists, oh my: Get a little bit cray at Titled Torche’s burlesque and variety show tonight at the Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW). Tickets are $15 and doors open at 9 pm.
Saturday, April 20
- Compete for a cause: Join in the charity bocce tournament (at Wallenberg Park near the National Mall) benefiting the nonprofit Move for Hunger. It’s $35 to register and things kick off at 11 am.
- Nerd alert: DC finally got its very own comic and pop culture festival, Awesome Con, which makes its debut at the DC Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place NW) today and tomorrow. Tickets range from $15 to $75.
- Show off your subtitle reading skills: Check out some of the best international films around at Filmfest DC, which closes tomorrow.
- And, since it’s 4/20: Get your fill of pizza and beer tonight at Comet Ping Pong (5037 Connecticut Ave NW) which is hosting WONK N’ ROLL, an American University battle of the bands benefiting the local nonprofit the Free Minds Book Club. The show kicks off at 10 pm, and tickets are $10.
Sunday, April 21
- Celebrate Earth Day: Hit up the grand opening of Glen’s Garden Market (2001 S Street NW), which will feature free snacks, coffee and more throughout the day
- Greek out: Buy some delicious honey, olives and more at Zaytinya’s Agorá outdoor Greek bazaar, running from 11 am to 4 pm today (701 9th Street NW).
- Brunch hard: Fight for a table outside at Borderstan’s epic new French bistro Le Diplomate (1601 14th Street NW).
If you’ve already given blood, you can help support the families most impacted by the tragedy in Boston by donating to charities like the One Fund Boston, the fund set up by Boston-based company Technology Underwriting Greater Good (TUGG), and the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services fund. Or consider giving to the Boston Children’s Hospital, which has set up a special marathon giving fund.