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Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Nationals opening day, Silverdocs and more picks for spring events in D.C.


Warm weather is coming, and that means festivals, outdoor concerts, baseball and more. In today’s Weekend section, we mapped out the best events for April, May and June, including new exhibits, the Silverdocs film festival and the National Capital Barbecue Battle. Geat ready to mark your calendar.

Our list of the can’t-miss happenings this weekend features the Blossom Kite Festival, an updated adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and a concert for kids that teaches elements of classical music.

Also in today’s Weekend section:

The centennial celebration of D.C.’s cherry trees continues, and official festival events are in full swing. See the top National Cherry Blossom Festival events for the next week.

Get the story of Charles Bradley, who at 62, is releasing his first album of original material, 30 years after he dreamed of becoming a singer. Also read record reviews of indie singer-songwriter Perfume Genius, garage rockers Cloud Nothings, indie-electronica group School of Seven Bells, local power-metal quartet A Sound of Thunder and the folk duo of sisters First Aid Kit.

Boundary Road may sit on the less-populated end of ever-bustling H Street, but its quality cocktail program, rough-hewn brick walls and fantastic menu have made it a neighborhood gem. Read Fritz Hahn’s review.

Looking for a little Southern comfort? Vidalia’s happy hour features cocktails using rare sodas only found in the deep South: Cheerwine, RC Cola, Blenheim Hot ginger ale, Frostie root beer and Ale-8-One ginger ale.

There are a lot of restaurants on tourists’ to do lists, thanks to presidential visits, reality TV and best-of lists. We offer alternatives to the crowds, waits and lines at restaurants Old Ebbitt Grill, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Georgetown Cupcake, Good Stuff Eatery and Komi.

Get the story on the taffy-like sculptures of Jae Ko, which balance the biomorphic and the machine-like in their presentation.

Just in time for spring break, some area parks reopen their carousels and trains this weekend. Find out when you can take a spin on a painted horse or ride the rails.

The Jefferson Hotel is usually a subdued place, but pop in to the Quill bar on certain days, and you could hear your favorite Broadway hits. TheatreWashington, a nonprofit organization supporting local theater, encourages you to belly up to the piano to belt out the classics at the Showtunes & Cocktails night.

Read about Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company, a local dance troupe celebrating its 20th anniversary of blending East and West, classical and contemporary.

Get reviews of the latest movie releases, including the four-star review of “The Kid With a Bike” and the new take on Snow White, “Mirror, Mirror.”

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