What to Do This Week: April 16 to 19

Emancipation Day festivities, shop while you drink, and the Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O'Neill.

By: Jason Koebler

Monday, April 16

EMANCIPATION DAY: Celebrate with the Emancipation Day festivities--Good Ol' Abe Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act that freed more than 3,000 slaves in Washington 150 years ago today! There will be a street festival, fireworks, and parade near Freedom Plaza, starting at 11 AM and running through 9 PM.

Tuesday, April 17

FILM: Filmfest DC continues this week, and you've got plenty of good choices tonight. Monsieur Lazhar, a Canadian film that follows an Algerian teacher adapting to a new middle school classroom in Quebec, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Oscars. Belgian comedy Come As You Are follows three 20-something disabled guys through Spain as they try to lose their virginities. Come As You Are 6:30 PM, Monsieur Lazhar 8:45 PM, $11.

Wednesday, April 18

BUZZED BROWSING: With the way the weather's been the last couple of days, it's clear we're skipping spring and headed straight for summer--update your style accordingly at Sip & Sample, which will feature huge markdowns from some of Georgetown's chicest boutiques. $25 gets you in the door at 5 PM, along with wine, cocktails, and food samples.

Thursday, April 19

THEATER: Arena Stage has been killing it with the Eugene O'Neill festival--Ah! Wilderness was incredible and Long Day's Journey Into Night has gotten great reviews as well. If you're behind the times, catch all of O'Neill's early and lost plays with a the Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O'Neill, going on this week only. In the vein of Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), this play rips through a series of plays in 90 minutes, turning them into fun, physical comedy. Show starts at 8 PM, $20.