Where & When: What to Do This Weekend

An absinthe happy hour, free improv workshops, March Madness specials, a cherry-blossom happy hour, and lots more in this weekend’s nightlife.

By: Catherine Andrews, Alejandro Salinas, Matt Carr

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Thursday, March 19: Interested in learning more about the green fairy that’s taking the United States by storm? Morton’s the Steakhouse in Georgetown presents Absinthe: The Green Hour. Guests are invited to learn about the history of the drink, help make and taste absinthe cocktails, and sample hors d’oeuvres. The tasting costs $45; call 703-796-0128 for reservations. 6:30 PM.

Washington Improv Theater is holding free “Intro to Improv” workshops tonight at the Children’s Studio School for those who’d like to test the waters of the improvisational world. The games begin at 7 and last two hours. As the theater puts it, “Improv helps you get out of those bad situations and into awesome ones.” E-mail topher@washingtonimprovtheater.com for more info.

Get down to some Motown tunes with a night celebrating the music of Diana Ross, the Four Tops, and more at Marvin. DJs Adrian Loving, Jahsonic, and John Murph will spin up a variety of classic tunes and Motown remixes. 9 PM; no cover.

Friday, March 20: Want to watch some of the basketball matchups this weekend? Make sure to check out our guide to March Madness bars and our list of our favorite sports bars.

Looking to celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with a few free snacks? Equinox Restaurant begins its Cherry Up! happy hour featuring cherry-themed cocktails and free hors d’oeuvres. The special runs every Friday from 5 to 7 through June 5. Snacks include duck spring rolls with dark cherry sauce; asparagus tempura with green-garlic mayonnaise; and white-chocolate/cherry bark. The cocktails include a cherry rum-and-cola with macerated cherries; Cherry Pie, which is vanilla-infused vodka, white-chocolate liqueur, and maraschino-cherry juice; and the Cherry Sphere, with cherry-infused vodka and sweet vermouth. All cocktails are $10. Reservations are not required.

As part of Women’s History Month, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will screen the documentary The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend. Following the short film, artist Jessica Stockholder, winner of the 2007 Lucelia Artist Award, will discuss Nevelson’s influence on her own work with curator Joanna March. The event starts at 7 in the McEvoy Auditorium.
Saturday, March 21: The movie They Killed Sister Dorothy tells the story of environmental activist and Catholic nun Dorothy Stang, who was shot to death as result of her efforts to promote sustainable development in Brazil’s Amazon jungle. The film, shown as part of the Environmental Film Festival, screens at the AFI Silver Theatre at 1 PM.

Former Supreme Court clerk Cliff Sloan and David McKean will read from their book, The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the Battle for the Supreme Court, at Politics and Prose. The book takes a look at the Marbury v. Madison case, which helped establish the concept of judicial review. 6 PM.

Taint, the indie gay dance party held at DC9, will have a special performance by the New York City band Bambi in between DJ sets. Doors open at 9.

Fans of muttonchops, porny ’staches, and klezmer music can rejoice: The Looking Glass Lounge’s Fez and Mustache Party is back, with free samples of Sobieski vodka and plenty of people sporting interesting fake and real facial hair. 10 PM.

Fatback, the monthly funk-and-soul dance party thrown by a collective of local DJs, is moving to a new venue—Liv nightclub, located above Bohemian Caverns. Here’s a preview of some of the tunes you can expect to hear at the party. 10 PM.
Sunday, March 22: Chicks with Chips is a girls-only Texas Hold ’Em tournament at Restaurant 3. A short tutorial will be given in advance, and cocktails will be available courtesy of some of the area’s best female bartenders, including Gina Chersevani, Chantal Tseng, and Ria Freydberg. Tickets are $65 per player, with proceeds benefiting New Endeavors, a charity helping homeless women. For more information, call 703-524-4440.

African-American opera singer Marian Anderson was honored in January during the Inaugural concert held at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Now, Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Marian Anderson, an opera put together by the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Washington National Opera, is onstage at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are 2 and 7; free, but tickets must be requested in advance at reservations@atlasarts.org

Former Top Chef contestant and Good Stuff Eatery owner Spike Mendelsohn will be at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue to share tips, recipes, and demonstrate matzo’s many uses. Tickets are $9. Wonder if he’ll have any comments on the spanking that Good Stuff Eatery received by Elevation Burger in our Burger Brackets.

Think you can top our rendition of Offspring’s “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)”? (No, seriously, we really did sing that song at Sticky Rice last night.) You’ll probably need some practice. The Dupont Circle gay bar Cobalt has karaoke starting at 9. For more bars with karaoke, check out our guide.

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