Going Out Guide Free and Easy

March 10, 2012
MONDAY

Free coffee

After losing an hour of sleep Saturday night when we set our clocks forward for daylight saving time, you may find yourself especially groggy come Monday morning. Lucky for you, the IKEAs in College Park and Woodbridge are giving away coffee at the College Park and Ballston metro stations.

6:30-8 a.m. (College Park) and 6:30-8:30 a.m. (Ballston). College Park Metro, 4931 Calvert Rd., College Park; Ballston Metro Station, 4230 Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Follow both locations on Twitter for real-time updates: @IKEACollegePark and @IKEA_Woodbridge.

TUESDAY

‘Ch-ch-changes’: Stoop Storytelling

Never underestimate the power of good, old-fashioned storytelling. On Tuesday, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center hosts a program of true personal stories told by five non-actors. The stories deal with themes of reinvention and reincarnation.

5:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.

WEDNESDAY

Tiki Davies and Todd S. Purdum

Tiki Davies joins Vanity Fair editor Todd S. Purdum for a discussion of “China Hand,” the autobiography of Davies’s father, the late John Paton Davies Jr., a Foreign Service officer whose career was derailed by McCarthyism in the 1950s.

7 p.m. Politics & Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. www.politics-prose.com.

THURSDAY

Irish cheer, music and art

Looking for a bit more of a cultural experience this St. Patrick’s Day week? Touchstone Gallery hosts an open house Thursday with a performance of Irish music by singer-guitarist Conor Malone and a photo exhibit by Pete McCutchen.

5-8 p.m. Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave. NW. 202-347-2787. www.touchstonegallery.com.

FRIDAY

‘The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp’

An English war general looks back on his life in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1943 film “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.” The film screens at the Library of Congress Packard Campus.

7:30 p.m. Library of Congress, Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper. 202-707-5840. www.loc.gov.

SATURDAY

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

For those who want to attend a real St. Patrick’s Day Parade that actually falls on St. Patrick’s Day, look no farther than Gaithersburg, where bagpipes, Celtic dancers, firetrucks and live performers will abound.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grand Corner Avenue, near Washingtonian Boulevard at Rio/Washingtonian Center, Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350. www.hssg.org.

SUNDAY

Japanese Tea Party

As cherry blossom season approaches, give the kids a taste of Japanese culture by taking them to a Japanese tea party at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Children ages 5 to 10 get a tour of the orchid exhibit and learn about Japanese gardens and tea houses, while sipping on tea.

2-4 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. www.usbg.gov. Children must be accompanied by an adult; registration required.

— Jess Righthand

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