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Friday, March 31
Light City throughout Baltimore: Charm City will shimmer and shine for Light City, a festival that illuminates Baltimore with nearly two dozen installations. All but two of the works are new, with crowd favorites “The Pool [Reflect]” and “Peacock,” from Baltimore artists Tim Scofield and Kyle Miller, returning from last year. The festival features live music, DJs and family-friendly activities. There’s also an Emporiyum shopping and food marketplace at the Inner Harbor, conveniently timed to this first weekend. Through April 8. Free.
Holly Bowling, Christina Courtin and the Knights at the Hamilton: The notion of classic music gets turned on its head Friday when pianist Holly Bowling opens for envelope-pushing Brooklyn orchestral collective the Knights. Though Bowling is classically trained, she won’t be playing the work of Bach or Brahms. Instead, Bowling reinterprets the music of jam bands Phish and the Grateful Dead for solo piano, even going so far as to transcribe both bands’ live concert improvisations, while also adding her own off-the-cuff explorations. 8 p.m. $25.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus at Verizon Center: The Greatest Show on Earth is folding up its tent this spring, so this is the last time fans of the circus will get to see the touring company’s famous clowns, acrobats and animals (but no elephants). The show’s theme is “Out of This World,” featuring a magic telescope — which sounds way more high-tech than a clown car. (The circus also will pass through Fairfax County with shows April 7-16 at EagleBank Arena.) Through Sunday. 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. $15-$100.
Saturday, April 1
Radiator “Cocktail” pop-up at Mason and Rook Hotel: Let's be honest: “Cocktail” is not a very good movie. Bartenders, however, love its inherent '80s cheesiness: the flipping bottles, the silly drink names, the soundtrack that unleashed “Kokomo” on the world. In April, the crew at Radiator are turning the hotel's rooftop pool bar into a tribute to the fictitious Cocktails and Dreams. Bartender Sarah Rosner's menu takes inspiration from Tom Cruise's “I am the Last Barman Poet” speech, so you'll find a Kamikaze (with house-made blue Curacao), Sex on the Beach, a frozen Singapore Sling and an Alabama Slamma (with house-made Southern Comfort). Expect bartenders in costume; such '80s snacks as loaded potato skins; and multiple airings of “Kokomo” and “Don't Worry Be Happy.” Bar opens at 4 p.m. daily. Drinks, $9-$10.
Blossom Kite Festival at Washington Monument grounds: See kites of all shapes, colors and sizes soar around the Washington Monument as the seventh annual Blossom Kite Festival kicks into gear. Feeling crafty? The family friendly event includes kite making competitions for children and adults, the latter featuring a “spring in the sky” theme. Register on-site the day of the event to participate and compete for the grand prize. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free.
DC Web Fest at U.S. Navy Memorial: DC Web Fest used to just highlight the best series the Internet had to offer. This year, the celebration has been expanded to include apps, online games and virtual reality. You can experience virtual tours to spots like the Great Wall of China and the Great Barrier Reef, thanks to Google Expeditions, as well as try out the immersive Experius VR. The day’s schedule includes two screening blocks — featuring Web series and short films — a guest panel and an award ceremony. 4 to 11 p.m. $35.
'Singleling’ at Black Cat: On her podcast “Singleling,” Vanessa Valerio showcases love and dating stories from comedians and regular folks. The live version of the show comes to D.C. this weekend, when comedians and storytellers Jeff Simmermon, Keith Mellnick and Vijai Nathan will dish on their best (or worst) love affairs. Erika Ettin, from the dating website A Little Nudge, will offer tips for the singles in the audience. 9:30 p.m. $12-$15.
The Bad Plus at the Barns at Wolf Trap: The list of artists whose songs are covered on the Bad Plus’ album “It’s Hard” couldn’t be more eclectic: Johnny Cash, Cyndi Lauper, Ornette Coleman, Barry Manilow, Prince, Kraftwerk and more. The jazz trio — pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King — view the pop world from an outsider’s perspective, specializing in harmonically skewed interpretations. 8 p.m. $28-$34.
Sunday, April 2
Thao at Rock and Roll Hotel: Virginia-bred, San Francisco-based Thao Nguyen — of indie rock band Thao & the Get Down Stay Down — is coming home to the Rock and Roll Hotel Sunday as part of a rare solo tour, which finds the singer stripping down her songs in small venues. 8 p.m. $20.
Isaiah Rashad at Baltimore Soundstage: After the September release of his debut album, “The Sun’s Tirade,” Isaiah Rashad inevitably drew comparisons to fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar (who’s featured on the track “Wat’s Wrong”). But Rashad’s music is uniquely his own. As a storyteller, he has a knack for crafting compelling tales of hardships and relationships. 8 p.m. $15 in advance, $18 day of the show.