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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 07/12/2012

Mars Day, ‘Michael Jackson: The Immortal’: Things to do in D.C. this weekend

A shot of but one of the dance routines in the Cirque du Soleil show “Michael Jackson The Immortal.” (Cirque/The Aba Agency)
We’ve assembled a list of some of the best things going on in D.C. this weekend, including a day dedicated to the Red Planet and a theatric show dedicated to the King of Pop. We also have a selection of great outdoorsy ways to spend the weekend, and for you Francophiles, the best ways to celebrate Bastille Day.

With the Curiosity rover set to reach the surface of Mars on Aug. 6, now is a great time to learn about the planet itself. The Air and Space Museum is hosting Mars Day, featuring interactive discussions with researchers, a 3-D display of the planet’s surface and other hands-on activities.

After taking on the music of the Beatles with the show “Love,” Cirque du Soleil has choreographed high-flying theatrics to accompany the Michael Jackson catalog. “Michael Jackson The Immortal” incorporates Jackson’s timeless pop tunes and famous dance moves in typical Cirque style. Should make for quite a show.

As promised, we also have some great outdoorsy events for you. First is the final Going Out Guide Weekend free concert of the summer, a night of neo-soul with Yahzarah, Deborah Bond and Tamika “Love” Jones. The Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival is screening a movie we here at The Post love: “All the President’s Men,” naturally. Enjoy the ’70s flick about Post journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein under the stars. And last, the city of Gaithersburg canceled its Fourth of July fireworks after the recent rough storm, but the show is back on Friday. Enjoy music by Bobby and the Believers at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks display about 9:25.

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