Seven things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of March 27-30

March 27

The weekend’s best in nightlife, music and art. For more, check out Nightlife Agenda

Thursday: ... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead's "Source Tags and Codes" was one of the great indie-rock albums of the early 2000s, a bristling wall of noise that took post-punk in an epic, almost-orchestral direction. While the Austin-based band is still recording original music, their current tour, which stops at the Rock and Roll Hotel tonight, finds them performing 2002's "Codes" in its entirety.

Through Sunday: For the annual Split This Rock festival, poets, dreamers, thinkers and community members come together for a celebration of poetry, community building, creativity and more. Festival programming on Friday includes free readings by poets Anne Waldman, Tim Seibles and Maria Melendez Kelson at 7:30 p.m. The festival continues through Sunday, with most events at the National Geographic Museum. Visit the festival's Web site for a complete list of readings.

Saturday: What's old is new again in this adaptation of Noel Coward's "Still Life, Brief Encounter" and the 1945 film it inspired. The show follows three romances that take place at a train station, and the actors alternate between performing onstage - alongside musicians - and being shown on projection screens as if they're in a movie. The opening performance is Saturday at 8 p.m. at Shakespeare Theatre's Lansburgh Theatre. $30-$75.


ORLANDO FL, MARCH 4: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper (34) as the Washington Nationals play the Atlanta Braves in grapefruit league baseball in Orlando FL, March 4, 2014. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Saturday: If you can't wait until the April 4 home opener to get your first look at the 2014 Washington Nationals, take yourself out to the ballgame for Bryce Harper and Co.'s final tuneup before the regular season. This game against the Detroit Tigers means nothing in the standings, but the half-smokes and beer should taste like they're in midseason form. First pitch at Nationals Park is at 2:05 p.m. $10-$325.

Saturday: The dynamic young singer Luisa Maita blends many musical traditions of her native Brazil -- primarily bossa nova and samba -- with dancehall beats, bass, spacey keyboards and acoustic guitars, bringing the sounds into the world of 21st-century lounge. The highlight, though, is her supple voice, an airy instrument that captivates even if you don't understand the language. She performs at Artisphere at 8 p.m. $18.

Sunday: (This event was originally scheduled for Saturday.) The skies around the Washington Monument will be full of kites on Sunday as the National Cherry Blossom Festival's fourth annual Blossom Kite Festival takes flight. Watch adult and youth kite demonstrations, a kite-trick competition and a rokkaku battle featuring the traditional six-sided Japanese kites, in which competitors try to knock other kites from the sky. From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SundayLast summer, bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley -- of the Clinch Mountain Boys and, more popularly, the “O Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack -- announced he’d be embarking on a farewell tour. After all, the great singer and singular banjo player is 87 years old. And yet he seems content to let the “farewell tour” roll on with no signs of stopping. Stanley has told reporters that he “reconsidered” his decision, but he could change his mind at any minute. He’s at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club.

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