It’s cherry blossom season, and that means tourists and family-friendly fun are available all day long. But if you’re sick of all that, expect the total opposite Friday night at the second annual Cherry Blast, a dance party, DJ concert, art show and more all rolled up into one. Held at the Warehouse in Adams Morgan (1701 Florida Ave., NW), this $10 event features the Fatback DJ crew, a sake bar, a “marshmallow arts play room,” and a Make Out Room—whatever that could be. It runs from 9 PM to 1 AM.
Hip-hop DJ legend Stretch Armstrong will be performing alongside others at the Plant Music Showcase at U Street Music Hall (1115 U St., NW; 202-588-1800) on Friday. Records will begin spinning at 10 and admission will run you—you guessed it—just $10.
“Wax on, wax off.” If those words bring to mind fond childhood memories of Ralph Macchio kicking some tail in The Karate Kid, prepare to have that fondness skewered at Arlington Cinema 'n' Drafthouse’s screening of the film with the Raspberry Brothers comedy troupe on Friday. The Brothers, made up of contributors to Saturday Night Live and The Onion, will pull a Mystery Science Theater 3000 on the kung-fu classic and heckle it mercilessly like a crane kick to the chin. It’s $10, and begins at 9:50 PM.
Okay, so that Vampire Weekend show at Constitution Hall ended up selling out before you could get tickets. Never fear! Chris Baio, the band’s bassist, will be DJing for the official Vampire Weekend After Party at DC9 on Saturday. Doors open at 9 PM, and tickets are only $8.
Japanese culture has given us cherry blossoms and some sweet animation. Celebrate both at the Freer Gallery’s Eighth Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Anime Marathon. The free event on Saturday features three anime films starting at 11 AM, with a costume contest at 1:30. Go here for the contest application and rules.
Head to Sylvan Theater for Yoga on the Mall, presented in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. A live band will perform during the free session. The event begins at 11 AM. Don’t forget to bring your own mat.
Finish off a cherry blossom weekend with the Lantern Lighting Ceremony at the Tidal Basin from 2:30 to 4 on Sunday afternoon. This formal ceremony showcases a 359-year-old stone lantern and features traditional Japanese performers and the Cherry Blossom Princesses.
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