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Where & When: What to Do This Weekend
Comments () | Published May 20, 2009
Sunday, May 24: Washington kicks off the summer season with a Memorial Day weekend packed with events. The annual Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally, which raises awareness about veteran benefits and POW issues, brings thousands of motorcyclists to Washington on May 24. The riders depart from the Pentagon at noon and arrive at the Reflecting Pool at 1:30 for a program with guest speakers and live music. That evening at 8, PBS will broadcast its Memorial Day concert from the west lawn of the Capitol. The concert, hosted by actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, includes appearances by performers including Laurence Fishburne, Denyce Graves, Trace Adkins, and Brian Stokes Mitchell as well as music by the National Symphony Orchestra, military choruses and bands, and more. The parade is the next day, with marching bands, floats, and balloons. It starts at Constitution Avenue and Fifth Street, Northwest, at 2 PM.

The National Gallery of Art screens the Washington premiere of L’aimée in its East Building auditorium at 4:30. Arnaud Desplechin’s 2007 autobiographical film about life in the French/Belgian border town Roubaix centers around his father, who has just sold his family’s home, and the memories sparked by emptying the house.

Didn’t make it out of town this weekend? Don’t be sad—hit up the Staycation Sunday at Maté, a DC bar and lounge. Expects lots of summery cocktails and fun DJs. No cover; 8 PM.

Is it a holiday weekend with Monday off? Then you can count on a dance party at the Black Cat by DJ Dredd. He’ll be playing songs from Prince, Madonna, and Michael Jackson at the mainstage starting at 9 PM and going late into the night. $13.

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