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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/25/2011

Weekend update: All things cherry blossom


(Cover illustration by Alberto Cuadra/The Washington Post)
It’s that time of year again: The National Cherry Blossom Festival is upon us. From Saturday through April 10, the sidewalks and trails near the National Mall and Tidal Basin will be packed with locals and tourists alike, looking for that perfect snapshot, picnic spot or secluded spot to drop a memorable marriage proposal. Today’s Weekend section is all about making sense of the festival.

Of course, there are other things happening in the D.C. area this weekend, too. Here’s what else you can find in today’s Weekend:

•Brightest Young Things is back at the Newseum; U.K. rockers the Joy Formidable shred at the Black Cat; playwrights of all stripes come together to celebrate Tennessee Williams’ 100th birthday and much more in our picks for the weekend’s top diversions.

•Equally important, we might add, are the myriad ways you can help Japan this weekend.

•Hitting the pavement for the National Marathon on Saturday? Here’s where to carb-up today, and where to reward yourself brunchily after the race.

•The Mountain Goats show at the 9:30 Club just crossed the sold-out threshold, but frontman John Darnielle is so prolific, who knows, maybe he’ll squeeze in a second show? Kidding. I think.

•Reviews of new albums by Carol Bui (Saturday at the St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church); Mike Watt (Thursday at the Black Cat); and Chuck Redd (Thursday at Blues Alley).

•Need lunch plans? The $14.99 Turkish lunch special at Agora is worth a trip.

•Is contemporary photography suffering a crisis of confidence?

By  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/25/2011

 
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