Friday, May 12
“Obit” at Landmark E Street Cinema: The art of obituary writing is just that — an art. Vanessa Gould’s documentary “Obit,” about the New York Times's obituaries desk, is a fascinating look at this surprisingly lively style of journalism. The film opens Friday at the E Street Cinema, and one of its subjects, Times writer Bruce Weber, will participate in Q&As after the following screenings: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The Saturday Q&A will be moderated by Washington Post obits editor Adam Bernstein. 7:30 p.m. $12.
Ryan Adams at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Earlier this year, Ryan Adams released “Prisoner,” his latest set of well-received rock songs. Last month, he dropped 17 B-sides from the album — just for good measure. On Friday, the folk rocker with an affinity for witty banter and long guitar solos teams up with Jenny Lewis for a show at Merriweather Post Pavilion. 7:30 p.m. $40-$55.
Saturday, May 13
European Union Open House at multiple area locations: Would you like to take May off and travel around the world, or do you have to do things like keep your job so you can pay your rent and eat? You don’t have to choose one or the other with Passport D.C., a month-long festival sponsored by cultural institutions and embassies. On Saturday, you can explore the embassies of the European Union's member nations, including Portugal, Italy, Greece and more. Take a look at the brochure in advance to plot out your day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
Georgetown Garden Tour at Christ Church: Now in its 89th year, this annual tour takes you through the 200-year-old gardens of Tudor Place and eight nearby private gardens in the historical D.C. neighborhood. One of the estates was recently featured in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens. Refreshments at Christ Church are included. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $40.
Maryland Craft Beer Festival in downtown Frederick: More than 40 breweries from across Maryland bring their best beers to Frederick's Carroll Creek Park for this annual festival, sponsored by the Brewers Association of Maryland. This is the best place to find beers that rarely leave taprooms — heck, some of the breweries pouring at the festival haven't even opened to the public yet. Thankfully, the $40 tickets include unlimited tastings. There's also live music, food from local restaurants and T-shirt and craft vendors. Noon to 5 p.m. $10-$50.
Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival at Kingman Island: The annual bluegrass, folk and Americana music festival brings local bands to Kingman Island, on the Anacostia River, with highlights that include Justin Trawick & the Common Good, King Street Bluegrass and Charm City Junction. Cap the day with free kayaking and river tours and partake in a variety of food and drink choices from on-site vendors. Proceeds from the festival go toward Living Classrooms Foundation, a nonprofit responsible for the area’s habitat restoration and educational programming for at-risk D.C. public school students. Noon to 9 p.m. $30-$125.
Meshell Ndegeocello sings Nina Simone at Kennedy Center: Singer-songwriter and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello pays tribute to Nina Simone in this solo performance. In 2012, Ndegeocello released an album honoring Simone, “Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone,” with songs such as “Feeling Good” and “Four Women.” Outside of her career, Simone was an activist in the civil rights movement. This show, part of the center’s programming marking the centennial of John F. Kennedy’s birth, highlights the president’s focus on courage. 8 p.m. $35-$55.
Sunday, May 14
Mother's Day specials at multiple area locations: Yes, it's time to honor mom (although you do that every day, right?). If you're looking to go out, book now. One attractive option: Rasika (633 D St. NW), which is usually closed Sundays but will be open this week for a special three-course brunch at $50 per person. There are plenty of freebies around, too, including pours of beer for moms at Owen's Ordinary (11820 Trade St. N, Bethesda), Birch & Barley/Churchkey (1337 14th St. NW) and the Sovereign (1206 Wisconsin Ave. NW). Thursday through Sunday (noon to 7 p.m.) at Ice Cream Jubilee (301 Water St. SE, 1407 T St. NW), get an extra free kiddie scoop of ice cream to share with the purchase of a regular scoop.
Orff's “Carmina Burana” and Stravinsky's “Oedipus Rex” at Kennedy Center: If you’re looking for Ari Shapiro, odds are he’s behind a microphone. The co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” and occasional guest singer with the band Pink Martini will be behind another mic this weekend, narrating Igor Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex” in the Washington Chorus’ season-finale concert. In addition to the opera-oratorio based on the classic Sophocles play, the chorus — joined by other local choirs — will perform Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” 5 p.m. $18-$72.
“Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead” at AFI Silver: A 50th anniversary production of “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead,” starring Daniel Radcliffe, just wrapped up a successful run at London’s Old Vic Theatre. A filmed performance of the show, about two of Hamlet’s friends who do not exactly make it out of the play alive, is screening this weekend as part of AFI Silver’s Stage & Screen series. The fast, funny script by Tom Stoppard (co-writer of “Shakespeare in Love”) is the one that vaulted him onto the world stage. 11 a.m. $15.