Forget what the thermometer says. Baseball season is underway, and that officially means spring is here. Now it just needs to warm up, and to make that happen, let’s all apply a bit of positive thinking: In today’s Weekend section, we outline the best springtime events in Washington, from portrait exhibits and crazy restaurant concepts to outdoor concerts and big-name golf talent on our greens.
Here’s the rest of what’s inside today’s Weekend:
•Our top picks for the days ahead, including International Pillow Fight Day, the Lil Wayne/Nicki Minaj/Rick Ross triple-header at Verizon Center and plenty of cherry blossom fireworks (and food trucks).
•Where to watch Saturday’s Final Four match-ups, whether you’re backing Butler, VCU, Kentucky or UConn.
•A rundown of April’s best concerts, from acoustic African guitar to German electronica.
•Quick spins of new recordings by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Friday at the Black Cat), Gold Panda (Friday at Red Palace), Hammer No More The Fingers (Wednesday at Red Palace) and The Hot Club of Cowtown (Thursday at Jammin’ Java).
•Looking for a happy hour? Here’s one worth checking out for each day of the workweek.
•Hanukkah’s not for many months yet, but don’t let that stop you from a serving of Latke Madness — layers of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing between three potato pancakes — at the Star and Shamrock.
•The Art Museum of the Americas’ “Corridor” exhibition is about traveling, in more ways than one.
•Can the way people move on the Metro really be inspiration for dance choreography?
•Did you know Havre de Grace, Md., is the self-proclaimed duck decoy capital of the world? You do now.