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Cozy up under the night’s sky after breakfast, rant about your coworkers, and enjoy free music near the Washington Monument.

Tuesday, March 30
Cozy up with your kids, a loved one, or a complete stranger to journey through the stars, constellations, and celestial lights at 10:30 AM as the National Air and Space Museum presents the planetarium show “The Stars Tonight.” Using the planetarium’s projector, a museum staff member guides guests through a tour of the night’s sky. Tickets are available at the planetarium box office.

Wednesday, March 31
The International Spy Museum opens its door to the public for free during its monthly Community Night from 5 to 9. Explore interactive exhibits, check out the largest collection of espionage artifacts in the world, and learn how to disguise yourself in a matter of seconds.

Thursday, April 1
Soapbox rants meet psychotherapy at Wonderland Ballroom at 7:30 for’s free Storytelling Happy Hour, hosted by comedian Vijai Nathan. Each vent session lasts for three minutes or less and can touch on any number of issues—from your overbearing boss to the annoying chick who sits next to you and sleeps with your overbearing boss.

Friday, April 2
In honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Stage at the Sylvan Theatre (on the Washington Monument grounds) is holding free music performances daily from March 27 through April 11. Today, the Paper Jets, Wes Tucker & the Skillets, Levi Stephens, Anil Rock, and the Pocket Band perform. For more information, click here.

Saturday, April 3
Attention, spiritual pilgrims: Grab your friends or colleagues and a yoga mat and head to the Washington Monument at 11 AM to join hundreds of yogis as Lululemon Athletica invites the public to try and break the city record for most yoga participants in the nation’s capital. Chill out with vibes by Sunil Narang of Hypnotic Gurus, peer at the cherry blossoms, and balance your yin and yang.

Sunday, April 4
William Wallace—distinguished professor of art history at Washington University, not Mel Gibson’s character in Braveheart—discusses his recent book, Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and His Times, in a free lecture at the National Gallery of Art at 2.

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