Here are this weekend's best bets in nightlife, comedy, music and much more around the Washington area.
- Snap a selfie: The Hirshhorn's Yayoi Kusama exhibition opens
- Mardi Gras: Celebrate with king cakes and cocktails
- Bust out your shorts: Near-record warmth over the next two days
Friday, Feb. 24
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Strathmore: This performance of “All Rise,” a massive, 12-piece spiritual work, includes the chance to get inside the mind of a jazz legend. Each ticket to see Wynton Marsalis perform with the National Philharmonic, a 150-singer gospel choir and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra also includes a preconcert lecture with pianist Damien Sneed, who will tell you what to listen for. 8 p.m. $65- $175. Also on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Atlas Intersections Festival at Atlas Performing Arts Center: You’ll find something that strikes your fancy at this annual festival on H Street NE. Intersections brings together a number of disciplines — dance, theater, music and film — for a colorful week and a half of programming. To name just two of the 100 performances: Snark Ensemble’s “The Comic Roach: A Roadhouse Picture Show,” combining black-and-white silent movies with a band and emcee (Saturday and Sunday) and Clown Cabaret’s “The Heist,” a physical comedy in which three of the worst robbers ever try to rip off a piggy bank (Saturday). The Washington Post is a founding media sponsor of the festival. Through March 5.
‘Intelligence’ at Arena Stage: Arena Stage takes on the Valerie Plame affair in this premiere by Jacqueline E. Lawton. Billed as “historical fiction,” it nevertheless explores what happens when a covert operative’s identity is deliberately blown by her government, featuring actress Hannah Yelland as Plame and Lawrence Redmond as Plame’s husband, Joseph Wilson. Through April 9. 8 p.m. $90-$110.
Saturday, Feb. 25
‘Anacostia Delta’ sneak preview at Amp by Strathmore: Danny Gatton was once hailed by The Washington Post as “the greatest guitar player you’ve never heard” — a soulful but fast-picking technician who mastered many styles, and, like so many musicians, died too young (in 1994; he was 49). Catch director Bryan Reichhardt’s documentary “Anacostia Delta: Home of the World’s Great ‘Unknown’ Guitarists,” which examines Gatton’s career and legacy, and see some of that music performed live by John Previti, Jim Stephenson and Tim Ford. 8 p.m. $25-$35.
LoCo Ale Trail FeBREWary Finale at Vanish Farm Brewery: The breweries on Loudoun County's LoCo Ale Trail celebrate “FeBREWary” at Vanish in Leesburg on Saturday, as 16 breweries come together to demonstrate why Loudoun has become a destination for beer-lovers. Taste beers from Ocelot, Adroit Theory, Crooked Run and Old Ox; buy food from local food trucks; and listen to music provided by DC 101. Tasting sessions run from noon to 3 p.m. or 4 to 7 p.m. $40 in advance, $45 at the door.
D.C. Distillers Festival at Long View Gallery: The inaugural D.C. Distillers Festival features 20 craft distilleries, with a heavy focus on locals, including Maryland’s Lyon and Lost Ark, Virginia’s Vitae and KO, and Washington’s Joseph Magnus and One Eight. Admission is available for three two-hour windows and includes unlimited spirits, a chance to talk to distillery representatives and dancing to jazz bands. 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. $85-$95.
Sunday, Feb. 26
Laoban Dumplings pop-up at On Rye: Laoban, a new dumplings pop-up, takes over On Rye's Chinatown storefront after the sandwich shop closes for the day. A featured collaboration dumpling consists of a pastrami Reuben filling inside a marble rye dough. Laoban's more traditional offerings of ginger-chicken and shiitake-bok choy dumplings will also be available. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. $6.50 for four dumplings.
Ice Yards at Yards Park: Longing for a little snow and ice? The annual winter wonderland heads to the boardwalk at Yards Park, with ice bars, igloo pods and music by Jeff from Accounting and Jerome Baker III. Sample local beers, boozy snow cones, frosé and food from area restaurants. The $10 admission includes one drink; this event is for age 21 and older. Noon to 5 p.m. $10.
Ramen World 3 at Mess Hall: Ramen World sounds like it should be the name of the most delicious theme park in the world. In truth, it's not far off: This event at Mess Hall features unlimited eats from Bantam King, Haikan, Thip Khao, Paper Horse, Alfie's, Pho Wheels and Sushi Taro, plus tastes of the new Conbini, Bird's Eye Sandwich Shop and Cassava Bubble Tea. The first session of the day, from noon to 2 p.m., is sold out, but tickets remain for the 3 to 5 p.m. session. The $70 ticket includes unlimited food, plus Kirin beer and Suntory whiskey; $105 VIP passes include priority entry, a swag bag and a T-shirt.
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