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Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Things to do in the District, Maryland and Virginia March 21-27, 2013

Thursday, March 21

DC Tap Festival, Grammy-award winning R&B artist Mya kicks off the 5th annual festival which will feature an all-star tap concert, jam sessions, student showcases, workshops, and more. Presented by Chloé and Maud Productions. March 21-24 at various locations. All-star concert March 23 8 p.m. at Duke Ellington Theatre, 3500 R St. NW, DC. Visit website for complete schedule of events, www.DCTAPFEST.com or call 202-421-0235. Most events free, concert $25, day of show $30.

“Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s,” A D.C.-centric show about the city’s graffiti and street art during the rise of the go-go, punk and hardcore music scenes in the 1980s. Through April 7, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. www.corcoran.org. $10, $8 for students and seniors, free for children 12 and younger.

“Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship,” Features the artifacts excavated from a pirate ship found off the coast of Cape Cod. The vessel was originally a slave ship that sailed during the early 18th century. Through Sept. 2, National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. 202-857-7588. www.nationalgeographic.com/museum. $11, $9 seniors and students, $7 ages 5 to 12.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Dragons, Dragons join the familiar circus acts. 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. $10-$125.

After-work Jazz + Mixer, features Christie Dashiell and Jessica Boykin-Settles. 5:30-8 p.m., Artisphere, Town Hall, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-875-1100. www.artisphere.com. www.artisphere.com. Free.

“Voodoo Macbeth,” The American Century Theater gives Shakespeare’s drama a voodoo twist. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through April 13, Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 703-998-4555. www.americancentury.org. $35-$40, $32-$37 seniors and students, free for age 18 and younger.

The Second City, The Chicago-based improv troupe performs. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-938-2404. www.wolftrap.org. $24.

The March Madness of Comedy, 8:30 p.m., R.F.D. Washington, 810 Seventh St. NW. www.districtcomedy.com. Free.

Friday, March 22

Ponytail Tournament, The 10th annual girls ice hockey tournament features over 500 young skaters from local and regional teams. Hosted by the Baltimore Youth Hockey Club and its Susquehanna Rapids girls’ program. Friday 4:45-8:45 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit website for complete team schedule and locations, The Gardens Ice House, 13800 Old Gunpowder Rd., Laurel. 301-953-0100. www.ponytailtournament.org. Free.

“King of Kings,” Top gospel artists Richard Smallwood, Shirley Ceasar, Beverly Crawford and more star in a special Easter show featuring live animals, special effects and more. 7 p.m. Friday, noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, Evangel Cathedral, 13901 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro. 301-249-9400. 301-249-9400. www.evangeleasterproduction.com. $55, groups $50. VIP seating: $60, groups $55. Exclusive seating $70 includes DVD of show and parking pass.

“Blithe Spirit,” A dead first wife haunts her former husband after a seance he performs goes awry. Presented by Potomac Theatre Company. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Bullis School, Blair Family Center for the Arts, 10601 Falls Rd., Potomac. 301-299-8571. www.potomactheatreco.org. $20, $18 seniors and students.

“In the Heat of the Night,” The Bowie Community Theatre presents this racially-charged show based on the award-winning book, Oscar winning film and Emmy winning television series about a 1962 murder of a white man that leads to a black man’s arrest. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through March 30, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie. 410-757-5700. www.bctheatre.com. $17; students and seniors, $12.

Ethel Ennis, The Baltimore jazz singer and pianist performs. 8 p.m., Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. $25, seniors $22.50.

Kip Williams & Bop Nation, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. 202-234-0072. www.twinsjazz.com. $18.

Sinkane, 9 p.m., Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $12.

Saturday, March 23

Baysox Family Funfest, This event includes live music, rides and games, interactive exhibits, carnival games, and character appearances. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bowie Baysox Stadium, 4101 NE Crain Hwy., Bowie. 301-653-6139. www.baysox.com. Free.

Cherry Blossom Festival Family Days, Hands-on activities, interactive art demonstrations and performances that celebrate spring and explore Japanese arts and design. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 877-442-5666. 202-272-2448. www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. Free.

Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest at Great Country Farms, a two-day egg hunt to search for over 7,000 egg hidden in the pasture. Other activities include s’mores roast, farm’s baby animals, and hayride. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Great Country Farms, 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd., Bluemont. 540-554-2073. www.greatcountryfarms.com. Adults, $12; kids, $10; age 2 and younger, and military, free.

Japanese Culture Day, Children and adults are introduced to Japanese culture through book readings, origami and trying on kimonos. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Young Readers Center, LJ G29, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-4604. www.loc.gov. Free.

13th Annual Taste of Solomons, Local restaurateurs will showcase their food and beverages in the one-day food festival. Proceeds will benefit the Solomons Business Association’s annual July 4th Fireworks display. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Solomons Towne Centre, 13300 - 13410 H.G. Truman Rd., www.solomonsmaryland.com. Food and drink tickets are $4 each.

3rd Annual Oyster Roast and Sock Burning, The family-friendly feast celebrates the spring equinox with live music, raw, steamed and roasted oysters, oyster shucking competition, exhibits and traditional sock burning on the outdoor fire. “People’s Choice” package holders can sample the best oyster dish from eight premier Annapolis area restaurants and vote for best dish. Noon-4 p.m., Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St., Annapolis. 410-295-0104. www.amaritime.org. $25, ages 13-18 $5, age 12 and under free. People's choice package $50.

“Martha Speaks,” After eating a bowl of alphabet soup, a dog realizes she can talk. 1 and 3 p.m., BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. $14.

“Mary Poppins on Ice,” Garden’s Figure Skating Club presents its ninth annual spring ice show featuring local skaters from age 4-60’s. 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, The Gardens Ice House, 13800 Old Gunpowder Rd., Laurel. 240-353-4351. 410-792-4947 Ext 250. www.gardensfsc.org. www.gardensfsc.org. $11.

“Myths, Mysteries, and True Histories of the Underground Railroad,” Author Kate Clifford Larson leads a discussion of stories of the secret routes and safe houses used by black slaves to escape to freedom. 4 p.m., Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. 301-868-1121. www.surratt.org. Free, registration requested.

“Salaryman,” New York-based dance company TAKE explores Japanese business culture in this performance choreographed by Takehiro Ueyama. 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. $22, $10 for college students, $18 for children 17 and younger.

Sunday, March 24

Spring bridal show, wedding vendors and the latest bridal fashions. Door prizes and more. Noon-4 p.m., Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6425. ww.gaithersburgmd.gov/kentlandsmansion. $5.

“The Motherf—-er With the Hat,” A newly sober man’s progress is put to the test when he finds an unusual hat at his girlfriend’s home. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday 2 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m., Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $39-$82.

Allen Jones Group, 8 and 10 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. 202-234-0072. www.twinsjazz.com. $10.

The Afro-Cuban All Stars, 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $35 In Advance / $40 Day of Show.

Monday, March 25

“DCist Exposed 2013,” An annual photo competition features images of local culture. Mondays-Wednesdays, through April 7, Long View Gallery, 1234 Ninth St. NW. 202-232-4788. Admssion free.

Janet Fletcher, the author of “Cheese & Beer” will discuss pairing cheeses with beers. Includes beer and cheese samples. 6-8 p.m., Cowgirl Creamery, 919 F St. NW. 202-393-6880. $40.

Patti LaBelle, LaBelle performs as a part of the Performance Series of Legends, an annual fundraising event for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Former performers include Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Earth Wind & Fire. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $50 - $175.

Tuesday, March 26

“American Tapestry” book talk, New York Times reporter and author Rachel Swarns discusses her book about First Lady Michelle Obama’s multiracial ancestry. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Black Studies Center, room 316, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

New York City Ballet, The New York City Ballet performs a variety of selections including, “Swan Lake,” “Allegro Brillante,” “Glass Pieces” and “Vienna Waltzes” accompanied by the New York City Ballet Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through March 31, Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $25-$95.

Wednesday, March 27

Washington Women in Jazz Festival,Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. $15 / $25.

Women’s softball: Terps vs. Bisons, Beltway match-up between the University of Maryland’s Lady Terps and Howard University’s Lady Bisons. 5 p.m., University of Maryland - College Park, Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium, Shipley Field, Baltimore Avenue and Rossborough Lane, College Park. 301-405-1000. $8, seniors and ages 3-17 $5, groups of 15 or more $4, lap children free.

Dan Wallace Quartet, 8 and 10 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. 202-234-0072. www.twinsjazz.com. $10.

By Jillian S. Sowah  |  10:28 AM ET, 03/21/2013

 
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