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Friday-Saturday: “Hamdan: Through the Gate of Tears,” a modern ballet by Omaha native Ray Mercer, follows one man’s travels as he leaves his homeland of Oman for East Africa in search of a better life. You have two chances to catch the performance as the piece premieres at Howard University in conjunction with the National Museum of African Art’s multi-year series of programming, “Connecting the Gems of the Indian ocean: From Oman to East Africa.” Tickets for the 8 p.m. performances are free and can be picked up at the university's Cramton Auditorium, the Ira Aldridge Theatre or reserved online.
Saturday: For the first time in what seems like ages, one of the big events of spring, National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, arrives at the same time blossoms will be on display in all their pink glory around the Tidal Basin and across Washington. The annual Former Redskin Darrell Green will be the Grand Marshal for the parade that will include floats, giant helium balloons and bands as well as performances by celebrities including "American Idol" winner Candice Glover, Sheena Easton, Regina Belle and Aaron Carter. Constitution Avenue between Ninth and 15th Streets is free and open to the public. Read: For cherry blossom parade producer, ideas bloom all year round.
Through Sunday: The Smithsonian's annual Craft Show is no mere collection of bric-a-brac for novice decorators. It's a juried show featuring the high-end work of some of the nation's most skilled artisans. So, if you love your art wearable, your jewelry handmade and your paintings large-scale, bring your checkbooks for this show, which begins Thursday and continues through Sunday at the National Building Museum. Tickets are $13-$25.
Through May 25: Psalmayene 24 puts a hip-hop spin on the Cinderella story in "Cinderella: The Remix," that re-envisions the would-be princess as a girl just trying to become a DJ. Catch the show, best for ages 5 to 10, at Imagination Stage through May. Tickets are $10-$25.
Saturday-Sunday: At this point, getting in to the White House's April 21 Easter Egg Roll is a pipe dream. But who wants to fight the crowds and security, anyway? At Hillwood's two-day Faberge Egg Festival, kids won't need to jostle to marvel at the glitzy Faberge ovoids in the collection of Marjorie Post before rolling eggs on the lawn and making their own bedazzled creations in the Russian tradition. The festival is Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $10-$15; $5 ages 6 to 18; younger free.
Saturday: The annual Countdown to Yuri's Night, held this year at the Anacostia Arts Center, pairs variety-show humor; space-themed, retro-futuristic burlesque; a wacky space-age costume contest; live music by the fuzzed-out surf rock band Atomic Mosquitos; dance tunes spun by DJ Adrian Loving; and an exhibition of space-themed works by 15 local artists. Tickets ($25 in advance, $30 at the door) include free shuttle service to the Arts Center from the Anacostia and Eastern Market Metro stations.
Saturday: The Anacostia Community Museum and National Portrait Gallery have teamed up to mark Jazz Appreciation Month, and this weekend, they’ll host a Rhythm Cafe dedicated to the lives and music of jazz greats Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman. After a discussion, the Howard University Jazz Ensemble will perform songs by the duo; the free talk and show runs from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. in the National Portrait Gallery’s McEvoy Auditorium on Saturday.
Sunday: The Damaged City Festival is a three-day celebration of all things hardcore, including shows by D.C. legends Government Issue and '80s super-fast hardcore heroes Infest on Friday and Saturday night. Unfortunately, both of those shows are sold out, but you still might be able to see Infest, who reunited last year after a 20-year hiatus, on Sunday afternoon. In the best hardcore tradition, the festival winds up with an all-ages matinee at the Dance Institute of Washington, headlined by Infest, with local openers Blockhead and Red Death. (There's also a record swap, if you're looking to trade some old Discharge or Ashes 7-inches.) Doors open at 12:30 p.m., admission is $10 and there are no advance ticket sales.
Sunday: Like her Pistol Annies bandmate Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe is shaping up to be one of country's great spitfires, a rough-around-the-edges Southern heroine who can croon "Give me weed instead of roses, bring me whiskey instead of wine" and still seem demure. The singer's well-received 2013 album, "Like a Rose," propelled her to national fame; but you can still catch her in the intimate Birchmere on Sunday. Tickets are $20.