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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Things to do in D.C. this weekend: ‘The Art of Video Games,’ U Street Music Hall’s second anniversary


“The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess” is just one of the games in the new exhibit “The Art of Video Games.” (Nintendo of AmericaInc.)
With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, there will be plenty of parties, pre-parties and other festivities. We have our picks right here. If you’re looking for alternatives to green beer, we also have a list of the best events this weekend, including the circus, an exhibit on video games and two shows marking U Street Music Hall’s second anniversary.

Over several decades, video games have gone from basic lines and shapes to entire life-like universes. The Smithsonian American Art Museum looks at the history of this transformation in the exhibit “The Art of Video Games,” which features 80 titles that had a big impact, including “Pac-Man,” “Super Mario Brothers” and “Myst.”

In just two years, U Street Music Hall has become the go-to spot for fans of electronic music. To mark its second anniversary on Saturday, the club hosts two eclectic shows. First up is indie breakout EMA, who delivers dark lyrics over chilling soundscapes. The second act of the doubleheader is Volta Bureau, a supergroup comprised of three of the club’s regular DJs.

Did you miss the elephants marching through D.C.? They’re here to perform at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. “Fully Charged” featues clowns, tigers, acrobats and stuntmen at the Verizon Center until Sunday.

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