Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets: The sun is shining, spring is coming and baseball players have reported for duty in Florida and Arizona. After the chaos of the abbreviated 2020 season, team workouts look almost normal this year. The Washington Nationals begin playing spring training games last weekend, and while MASN, the team’s official broadcast partner, hasn’t announced its broadcast schedule, ESPN is showing Thursday’s 1 p.m. game against the New York Mets. Consider it an invitation to take a long lunch. Walters Sports Bar, located near Nationals Park’s center field gate, opens at 11 a.m., with individual TVs at tables in the bar’s streatery, and limited indoor seating. Bluejacket, a popular pregame destination, also opens at 11 a.m., with TVs on its patio. This month, the brewery began selling We Are the Ship, All Else the Sea, a double IPA that takes its name from the Negro National League slogan, and features Hall of Famer Josh Gibson in his Homestead Grays jersey on the can’s label. A portion of proceeds from the beer benefit the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy through Nationals Philanthropies.
Rhizome’s March Microcinema: Rhizome’s March Microcinema offering is a collection of five short videos, curated by Alicia Little, entitled “You were an envelope.” Each film questions and explorations of gender, femininity and transformation, all through lenses of digital culture, consumerism and the fragile connection and belonging we all crave. Each video is under 10 minutes long, and the program includes works from Emma Levesque-Schaefer, Elyse Johnson, Shala Miller, Evie Metz and Chelsea Lee. The whole collection will be available on Rhizome’s YouTube channel for future rewatches. 7 p.m.
A Visual Perspective of D.C. Through the Lens of Black Women Photographers: The D.C. Library presents a live discussion with Black women photographers, focusing on their work, stories and lives. The panel includes Lisa Fanning, owner of Lisa Fanning Photography, outdoor photographer Sandy Adams and Jeanine Cummins, a published photographer. Their work can be viewed in the virtual exhibition Washington, D.C.: City of Interest, City of Change. Moderated by Deborah Kemp-Crain, a FotoCraft freelance photographer, the discussion will be broadcast on YouTube. 7 p.m.
The Alexandria Drive-In Theatre: As spring inches ever closer, outdoor movies are returning across the area, adding a socially distant alternative to another night of sitting on the couch and bingeing through your Netflix queue. The Alexandria Drive-In, which made a splash last summer, returns to the vast parking lot of the Victory Center on Eisenhower Avenue this month, with movies every Friday and Saturday. The opening weekend includes “Jurassic Park” at 7 p.m. on Friday, and an early showing of “Despicable Me” for families at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by “Fast & Furious” at 9:30 p.m. Food trucks provide the snacks — ordering is done by phone to limit contact — and proceeds benefit Athena Rapid Response Innovation Lab, a local nonprofit group that builds desks for students and provides PPEprotective equipment for health-care workers. $40 per car.
Mother Tongue Film Festival: Women Directors Panel: The Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival, which kicked off last month, features 45 films in 39 different languages, centered on the invisible, everyday hold language has on our lives. Presented by Recovering Voices, a collaboration between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the sixth-annual festival’s showcase of films are all virtual this year, as is a panel discussion featuring women directors. Join directors Becs Arahanga, Valeriya Golovina, Sophia Pinheiro and Patricia Ferreira, and Smithsonian curator Amalia Córdova and filmmaker Cass Gardiner in a frank discussion about their films and women’s roles in cultural and language transmission. 2 p.m.
Erin Jackson and Mia Jackson Online at the Improv: Comedian Erin Jackson may call New York City home these days, but the Howard alumna lived, worked and gigged in D.C. for years, so we’re going to keep claiming her as our own. After all, Jackson recorded her 2018 comedy album, “Grudgery” live at the D.C. Improv, and was living here when she got the call to be on “Ellen.” While she can’t perform at the downtown club right now, Erin Jackson and fellow “Last Comic Standing” veteran Mia Jackson are teaming up for a night of Zoom-based laughs. 8 p.m. $20 per household.
International Women’s Day at Wunder Garten: International Women’s Day is Monday, but Wunder Garten’s celebration runs through the entire weekend, shining a spotlight on local woman-owned businesses. Snack on food from Gordy’s Pickles, sip beers from Denizens Brewing, or try cocktails made with spirits from Republic Restoratives and Tenth Ward Distilling. Tables in the large outdoor area are available on a first-come, first-seated basis; Making a reservation for one of the socially distanced cabanas ($75-$250) is the best way to guarantee admission for a group of up to six. Friday through Monday. Free admission.
‘Give Me Shelter’ at Del Ray Artisans: The Del Ray Artisans gallery knows that the connotation of shelter has shifted during the covid-19 pandemic. Shelters are where we seek sleep and rest, but for others, it’s a symbol of refuge, temporary or otherwise. Nearly 40 million American renters are at risk of homelessness, the exhibit, featuring local DMV artists, reminds us how our shelters have taken on a different meaning. The gallery capacity is limited to 10 people at once and free tickets are available for half-hour viewing sessions. Noon to 8 p.m.
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Viewing Parties: When season 13 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” kicked off, indoor dining was forbidden at D.C. restaurants and bars. But as customers have returned, so have viewing parties. JR’s in Dupont and Red Bear Brewing in NoMa have two of the most popular in town. Good to know: Red Bear always screens the previous week’s episode at 7 p.m. before the action appears on the giant screen at 8 p.m. Reservations are suggested.
New Music Friday Happy Hour at Byrdland Records: Nothing can quite replace the rush of a live concert, but step out for a few minutes every Friday to browse through the latest vinyl at Byrdland Records, the Songbyrd Records offshoot near Union Market. “New Music Friday” gets a whole new meaning at Byrdland’s weekly happy hour, where you can browse more than 5,000 new and used records while enjoying refreshments provided by Topo Chico. 5 to 8 p.m.
Arts Across America with the Kennedy Center: The Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America series is one of the streaming gems we’ve discovered during the pandemic, looking at native music from Guam and Hawai’i, examining how immigration has shaped disciplines from Chinese Dance to Jewish music in America, and examining the role of the arts in social justice, and vice versa. Whether you want to hear roots music from West Virginia, indigenous voices from South Dakota or soul from Stax Studios in Memphis, there’s been an episode that will move you while making you think. The new series of Arts Across America launches this weekend, with episodes debuting every other Saturday. D.C. singer Maimouna Youssef and playwright Sejahari Saulter-Villegas are the hosts, and the first episode features Infinity Song, an ensemble of five siblings from New York City. 6 p.m.
Sausagefest Anniversary Weekend at Silver Branch Brewing: Silver Spring’s Silver Branch Brewing celebrates its second anniversary with five days of festivities, including the release of a cask-conditioned version of fan favorite Glass Castle Pilsner on Thursday. But the centerpiece of the party is the two-day Sausagefest, a day featuring freshly grilled bratwurst cooking on the socially distanced patio biergarten, and German-style soft pretzels on the menu. Pair those treats with Obsidian Castle, a dark Czech-style lager, or Sisyphus, a double IPA brewed for the anniversary party, for maximum enjoyment. Noon on Saturday and Sunday.
‘Include’ at the Yard: “Include” is a group showcase guest curated by Marlon Powell that challenges the idea of who gets to be included in fine art. The show, which features artists Maps Glover and Tiffani Sahar, sets out to ensure that all different kinds of voices and visions are included in visual art, and demonstrates that art from different backgrounds is what makes art worthwhile. Through April 23. Viewings by appointment.
The D.C. Potter Movie Experience: Making a comeback as temperatures rise is the D.C. Potter Movie Experience, a tribute to a certain boy wizard who has a knack for finding himself in sticky situations. The series begins Sunday at the Bullpen, near Nationals Park, with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on the outdoor bar’s giant digital screen at 6 p.m. Events include drink specials, costume contests and free popcorn, and groups are seated at picnic tables spaced six feet apart. Subsequent films include “Goblet of Fire” on March 12 and “Prisoner of Azkaban” on March 14. $15 per film. Times vary by date.
Edible Gardening Workshop: As the weather warms up, plants and humans alike are perking up. Take advantage of the sun and sharpen your gardening skills in this weekly virtual workshop teaching participants the ins and outs of growing microgreens indoors. Both useful and fun, the workshop provides the basics of gardening inside, reassuring you that you don’t need an outdoor space or lots of equipment. In just two weeks, you can plate your microgreens for the dinner table. Noon to 1 p.m.
Sunday concerts at the Phillips Collection: Washington’s museums begin 2021 as they spent much of 2020: Silent and closed to visitors. And while you may not be able to visit the Phillips Collection, the museum is bringing the 80th season of its weekly concerts to music lovers everywhere, live from its ornate Music Room. Five world premieres, each inspired by a piece of art displayed at the Phillips, are included in honor of the museum’s 100th anniversary, but each week features different soloists, duos and ensembles. Concerts will be available to watch for seven days after the livestream. Through May 23. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free.
National Museum of Women in the Arts International Women’s Day Festival: The National Museum of Women in the Arts reopened to in-person visitors this week, but its International Women’s Day Festival is a virtual event, filled to the brim with activities and programs that virtually honor women in the arts. Tune in for the whole day, or dip in and out of the day’s 10 events. Register for a deep dive into selected art from NMWA’s collection (3 p.m.) or one of the conversations with museum staff, artists and curators, including Pita Lopez and Rania Matar. The festival closes with a story time with children’s books written and illustrated by women, proving there’s always something for feminists young and old. 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mari Andrew in conversation with Mary Laura Philpott: Mari Andrew began sharing drawings and watercolors on Instagram as a way of dealing with a rough breakup and the death of her father. Her relatable images about dating, loss and urban life have attracted over 1 million followers and a best-selling book, “Am I There Yet?,” which is being turned into a comedy series by Amazon Studios. Her new book “My Inner Sky” includes essays and art covering love, loneliness, joy and sorrow, and all the spaces in between. She’ll discuss these topics with Mary Laura Philpott, author of “I Miss You When I Blink,” at a virtual event hosted by Sixth & I, which includes an interactive creative workshop. 7 p.m. $12 for the discussion, $28 for admission and a copy of “My Inner Sky” with a signed bookplate.
Meditation and Mindfulness with the National Museum of Asian Art: Whether your New Year’s resolutions include mindfulness or just taking more time to slow down, this is a wonderful opportunity to introduce (or reintroduce) yourself to meditation. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art moved its regular in-person meditation sessions online last spring, when Washingtonians were searching for stress relief, and they remain a popular resource. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, local meditation teachers offer 30 minutes of stillness and peace via Zoom, with the Friday sessions incorporating pieces of art from the gallery’s collection. You don’t need meditation experience to join — just an open mind. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon.
Ice Skating at Pentagon Row: While Pentagon Row is home to the largest outdoor ice rink in Northern Virginia, it can still get a little busy on weekends, thanks to skating lessons and group outings, as well as a restricted capacity that only allows 50 people at once. Visit on a weeknight for an experience as smooth as freshly Zambonied ice, and hit a nearby restaurant for happy hour after. Open daily through March. $9-$10, $5 skate rental.
Phillips Collection Reopening: After a long and arduous winter, a growing number of the area’s cultural institutions are cautiously preparing to welcome visitors again. Four are planning to reopen their doors in the first week of March, most notably the Phillips Collection, which is celebrating its 100th birthday with special programming and exhibitions, including “Seeing Differently,” a celebration of the museum’s permanent collection that opens March 6. The Phillips will make tickets available to the public at noon on March 2, following strict protocols: Only six visitors will be allowed to enter the gallery every 15 minutes; advance reservations are required; a one-way pathway will be followed through the galleries; and masks are required at all times. Hours will be limited to Thursday through Sunday, with tickets for subsequent weeks released Mondays at noon.
Epiphany Tuesday Concerts From Home: The Church of the Epiphany can’t hold concerts in its historic downtown building, but that hasn’t stopped the church’s long-running lunchtime concert series. Performances by musicians and vocalists are filmed in the church, with stained glass windows serving as a backdrop, and posted to the church’s YouTube channel at 12:10 p.m. on Tuesdays, when concerts traditionally begin. Available for streaming starting at 12:10 p.m. at epiphanydc.org.
Secret History of History: Three Ordinary Girls: In true Spy Museum fashion, Women’s History Month begins with a talk about a story centered on three Dutch teenage girls in Haarlem who become spies during World War II. They’re brave and young and smart, ready to defeat Nazis and aid in the Dutch Resistance as they come of age in 1930s Europe. Tim Brady’s “Three Ordinary Girls” is a cautionary tale for the ages: Do not underestimate the power of a teenage girl. Noon to 1 p.m.
Strathmore Artist in Residence: Ceylon Mitchell: Though concerts are on hold at Strathmore, the music center’s Artist in Residence program continues to opportunities to up-and-coming performers. This month’s socially distanced streaming concert features classical flautist Ceylon Mitchell, a recipient of Prince George’s County’s 40 Under 40 Award in the arts and humanities. 7:30 p.m. Pay what you can.
Women Filmmakers Festival: The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s third annual Women Filmmakers Festival highlights activists and historians who create art and tell stories outside the mainstream. Different films and videos are available each week, and viewers are invited to submit questions and comments after watching. The filmmaker then joins Smithsonian curators on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the week’s selection. 5:30 p.m. Free; registration required.
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Studio Theatre audio plays: By now, you might have exhausted every true-crime podcast or streamed your entire reading list in audiobook form. If so, you’re probably missing the experience of live, enriching art. Like other performance venues around the country, Studio Theatre has gotten creative while its physical space is shuttered, and has turned to classic audio plays. The newest addition is already drawing rave reviews: “I Hate It Here” is a series of vignettes capturing the feelings of characters faced with the crumbling of the world they knew. Sound timely? The New York Times calls Chicago playwright Ike Holter’s latest, which is available through March 7, “sharp and satisfyingly foul-mouthed.” Through March 7.
Ice skating at Reston Town Center: If the recent dip in temperatures has inspired thoughts of lacing up your skates and gliding up and down a sheet of ice, you’re in luck: The glass-roofed pavilion at Reston Town Center has made its annual transformation into an outdoor ice rink. There are precautions against the coronavirus, including reduced capacity and touch-free payment, and reservations can be made online. With the popular D.C. rinks at the National Gallery of Art and Washington Harbour staying closed this winter, it’s a good idea to buy tickets for the 90-minute sessions in advance. Daily through mid-March. Admission $9-$10; skate rental $7.
#HirshhornInsideOut: Your fingers (and brain) might want a change of pace from all the sourdough concoctions you’ve been whipping up, so how about trying your hand at crafting some modern art? The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden was priming itself for Round 2 of the wildly popular Yayoi Kusama installation before the widespread shutdowns, but instead, the museum brings art into your home across social media platforms with #HirshhornInsideOut. Each day offers a post with a brief history lesson on an artist featured in the museum’s collection, along with a way you can emulate that artist while stuck inside. You just need some basic art supplies: A recent post considered artist Annette Lemieux’s work on body and space, simulating her work “Nomad” by suggesting you paint the bottoms of your feet and walking around a sheet of paper. Daily.
D.C. Library at Home: Now that you’ve cleaned your closet or reorganized your kitchen for the umpteenth time, it’s probably time to pick up that book you’ve been meaning to finish. If you’re more of a social reader, the D.C. Public Library is offering a few online resources to make sure you have someone to talk with about whatever you’re reading. The library’s Twitter feed has a bevy of hashtags to follow along with daily: Fans of audiobooks use #audiobookafternoon Mondays at noon, while those who want to keep up with what the local community is writing about join #DCwriterschat Thursdays at 8 p.m. Even younger readers can stay engaged with a virtual story time on Facebook (facebook.com/dclibrary) with a D.C. librarian at 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Daily programming varies.