To do this weekend: a huge pillow fight, all-you-can-eat crawfish and “Mumbo Sauce”

April 4, 2013

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here's the best of what's around. 

Friday

"Mumbo Sauce"
The Corcoran Gallery of Art's "Pump Me Up," exhibition serves as a kind of retrospective of the District in the 1980s, but for this companion show, Contemporary Wing gallery teamed with "Pump Me Up" curator Roger Gastman to highlight not artifacts, but art. This group show features Washington artists including the graffiti artists Cool "Disco" Dan, BORF and Tim Conlon, tape artist Mark Jenkins, Rosina Teri Memolo, Mingering Mike and Robin Rose. Check out the opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m.

Iona Rozeal Brown: "Battle of Yestermore"
The New York-based painter, a Washington native, brings her canvases to life for this performance work at the Corcoran, drawing on the traditions of Kabuki and Noh theater, hip-hop culture and the dance form known as voguing. Brown performs the pumping techno score with musicians in this reprise of a work first commissioned for New York's 2011 Performa festival, while performers including Monstah Black and Benny Ninja enact the highly watchable movements. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for the 7 p.m. performance.

iona ROZEAL brown's "battle of yestermore." (Paula Court)
Iona Rozeal Brown's "Battle of Yestermore." (Paula Court)

Fats Waller Dance Party
The Kennedy Center's $100 million expansion hasn't begun yet, but there's a new performance space within the center's existing confines: the Supersized Jazz Club. Located in the building's atrium, the venue-within-a-venue is playing host to the Fats Waller Dance Party, with an ensemble of musicians led by vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello and the Kennedy Center's jazz adviser, Jason Moran, performing hits from the pioneering jazz pianist's songbook. The music begins at 9:30 p.m., but you can warm up with a dance class led by "Fela!" choreographer Maija Garcia at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival
What was once a few hours of pre-fireworks fun has turned into an all-day festival. Listen to such bands as Blue Tips Rhythm Revue and the Diggity Dudes; nosh on food-truck fare; have a cold one or two at the beer garden; visit the child-friendly zone with its strolling costumed characters, Japanese-inspired balloon art and face-painting; and shop at the Very Cherry Marketplace, an arts and crafts fair. Then find a spot to watch the fireworks over the Washington Channel at 8:30 p.m. The best places to see the fireworks are the Southwest Waterfront promenade or East Potomac Park.

"NEXT" at the Corcoran
No area art school has a place to show off its students’ artwork that is quite as posh as what’s made available to students from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Beginning Saturday, the walls of the Corcoran Gallery of Art will be given over to the thesis projects of the school’s class of 2013. More than an exhibition, the aptly named “NEXT” also will offer a series of gallery talks and opportunities for museum visitors to sit in on critiques of the art by classmates and teachers, offering a rare glimpse into the creative process.

Pearl Dive Crawfish Boil
All-you-can-eat crawfish and all-you-can-drink Abita Amber? Strong proposition. You won't find a better place to spend a few hours in satiety than Pearl Dive's first crawfish boil of the season. Tickets are $65 a person with seatings at noon and 2:30 p.m.

MEETMarket
Market season is upon us. Head out to Logan Circle's MEETMarket Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 15th and P streets NW for toys, edibles and wearables from local producers.

International Pillow Fight Day
All the fun of beating up on your best friends in your childhood bedroom returns to the Mall, except your friends have been replaced by well-meaning strangers, and the down pillows you favored back then are now of the hypoallergenic variety. (The organizers ask that you leave the feather pillows behind so as not to litter the Mall.) The battle is on from 3 to 5 p.m.


International Pillow Fight Day 2012. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

Sunday

Cherry Blossom 10-Miler
It’s too late to sign up for the 41st Runner’s Rite of Spring, but it’s worth getting up early to watch the elite competitors this race attracts. This year’s field boasts three U.S. Olympians — Janet Cherebon-Bawcom, Jen Rhines and Colleen De Reuck, who set the women’s course record in 1998. The men’s record holder and last year’s winner, Allan Kiprono, defends his title. A total of $50,000 in prize money and bonuses will be awarded to the top 10 men and women. There also will be a 5K and a half-mile kids’ run. Gun time is 7:30 a.m.

Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting
Made of solid granite and weighing six tons, this lantern symbolizes friendship and peace between Japan and the United States. The 8 1/2-foot-tall stone was carved 369 years ago in Japan and given to the United States in 1954 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s first treaty with Japan. The lighting ceremony, sponsored by the National Conference of State Societies and the National Park Service, also features performances by the Japanese Choral Society of Washington and the Washington Toho Koto Society, remarks by Japanese ambassador Kenichiro Sasae, and appearances by cherry blossom queens and princesses. 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Cochon 555
If pig is your culinary jam, the annual Cochon 555 competition and tasting event is not to be missed. Chefs Mike Isabella, Haidar Karoum, Bryan Voltaggio and others will serve up five heritage breed pigs for an audience of hungry porkophiles. VIP admission starts at 4 p.m. with general admission at 5 p.m. at the Newseum. Tickets start at $125.

"What Makes It Great?"
Former NPR music commentator Rob Kapilow continues his popular series explaining great classical works with Schumann Piano Quintet Op. 44. After Kapilow's discussion, the musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music perform it the piece. A Q&A with the performers follows. 6 p.m. at the Baird Auditorium.

Bell Biv Devoe
Yes, the three New Edition veterans perform "Do Me!" and "BBD (I Thought It Was Me)" and "Above the Rim," even if everyone really just wants to hear "Poison" over and over again. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre.

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