Thursday, March 24
Japan Film Night and Earthquake Relief, sponsored by the Washington Film Institute, is featuring the film Kuroneko (Black Cat), about a haunting in war-torn medieval Japan. Donations will be accepted for the Save the Children Japan Earthquake Emergency Fund. At Landmark E Street Cinema; 7:45. Buy tickets ($15) at EventBrite.
The punk-rock group Off! features former members of other top groups such as Black Flag, Burning Brides, and more. They’ll be playing at the Red Palace with Trash Talk. 8; buy tickets ($15) at Ticket Alternative.
Synetic Theater is bringing back its wordless production of King Lear. The visually enticing and modern take on Shakespeare’s tragedy is at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre through April 24. Purchase tickets ($40 to $55) at Shakespeare Theatre’s Web site.
Friday, March 25
Brightest Young Things is giving an after hours look at the Newseum with “A Night at the Newseum II: Way Out of Line.” Expect lots of drinking and dancing plus a chance to view the exhibits, inflatable space ships, and food from Wolfgang Puck catering. 8; buy tickets ($15 to $20) at EventBrite or at the door.
The Hermes Festival of Crafts at Tysons Corner is a celebration of the craftsmanship that has defined the legendary luxury brand. There will be daily demonstrations from the artisans who make the famed bags, scarves, and other goods. Through March 30, daily from 11 to 6. No cover.
Catch a dance performance in London without leaving Washington. “Webmasters” at Flashpoint makes it possible by using the Web to project the London dance production; a performance in DC by ClancyWorks and the one in London by a sister company, play off each other in order to explore how people move in each other’s “webs.” Through March 27; buy tickets ($15) at Ovation Tix.
Saturday, March 26
Bring unwanted clothes, shop the closets of other swappers, and browse the wares of several vintage clothing vendors at the Hillyer Art Space Swap Shop. Each item you bring gets you a ticket for one item to take home, and leftovers will be donated to local charity Martha’s Table. Noon to 4; buy tickets ($10) at Pay Pal.
DJ Tittsworth is headlining a dance party at U Street Music Hall supporting the relief effort in Japan. All proceeds benefit the Red Cross. 10 PM; minimum donation is $10. Buy tickets at Ticket Fly or at the door.
Head to Georgetown University for this weekend’s Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival, featuring a lecture by playwright Edward Albee, John Waters’s one-man show The Filthy World, a panel discussion by renowned Williams experts, and A Streetcar Named Desire, staged by the university’s Theater and Performance Studies Program. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit the Program’s Web site.
Spend a Saturday drinking and get rewarded for it during the First Annual District Beer Hunt. Head to various DC bars, such as the Reef and Meridian Pint, and decipher clues to figure out which delicious brew to order and enjoy. The hunt kicks off Friday, March 25, at 7 PM and continues until 10 PM the following night. Head to RFD starting at 8 with a completed checklist for a party and prizes. Registration is $20 per team; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register and get more information.
It’s the start of spring in the District—we hope! The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off today, so check out our guide to the pretty pink blossoms—plus where to get cherry-inspired food, drinks, and other fun activities.
Sunday, March 27
This weekend, see the next ballet stars at Protégés III at the Kennedy Center. The program features performances by the Royal Danish Ballet School, Tokyo’s New National Theatre Ballet School, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and the Julio Bocca Foundation Ballet Argentino School of the Arts. Begins March 25; purchase tickets ($19 to $60) at the Kennedy Center’s site.
The National Gallery of Art is screening a series of short films, some dating back to 1924, that synchronize music and animation. The program, “Ciné-Concert: Art in Motion!,” is accompanied by a live pianist and percussionist as well as artist Sharon Loudon. 5 PM; free.