What to Do This Weekend: April 4 to 7

A cherry blossom fireworks festival, a go-go exhibit, and the Encyclopedia Show DC’s explosives edition.

By: Jason Koebler

Thursday, April 4

PARTY: Fringe Festival is getting started soonish—okay, in a couple of months—but to keep your interest piqued, it’s hosting the annual Gala Gala, complete with open bar, dancing, and Fringe-y weirdness. Don whatever you think most closely approximates “creative Rat Pack attire” and head over to Fringe HQ on New York Ave. Tickets ($50) are available online. 9 PM.

BOOZE AND CRAFTS: Creative types should check out the Renwick Gallery’s Handi-Hour—DC’s only (I think) event that combines arts and crafts with booze. You’ll spend two hours learning how to repurpose old books into cool pieces of art while you sip two free craft beers selected by ChurchKey’s Greg Engert. Tickets ($20) are available online. 5:30 PM.


Friday, April 5

ART: The Corcoran’s Pump Me Up has gotten a lot of people excited about DC’s old punk scene—but it’s also gotten some people riled up about how it kind of glosses over go-go culture. That’s why Contemporary Wing is hosting Mumbo Sauce, a complement/competitor/response to Pump Me Up, featuring go-go show posters and works by BORF, Cool Disco Dan, and many more. The show opens Friday with a reception and music from deejay Stereo Faith. Free. 6 PM.

KARAOKE: DC’s best purveyor of live-band karaoke, HariKaraoke, heads to the Hamilton Friday night. It might be your only chance to sing on a stage that’s been graced by Grammy winners, so bring your A-game. $5. 7 PM.

IMPROV: Washington Improv Theatre is taking over Source Theatre for most of the month to determine which improv troupe is DC’s best. The March Madness-style tournament is down to the sweet 16, so you won’t have to suffer through any bad performers. $12 online or $14 at the door. 10 PM.

VARIETY: The Encyclopedia Show DC takes on explosives this month, meaning you’ll learn all about shrapnel, bombs, volcanoes, the Boston Molasses Disaster, and pop in the show’s typically irreverent style. The lineup includes a slam poet, spoken-word artists, a performance artist, a standup comedian, and a reggae singer. $11 online or $15 at the door. 8 PM.


Saturday, April 6

POETRY: The National Museum of African Art hosts the Poetry Games, a Hunger Games-themed night of slam poetry. Not entirely sure if that’s the best marketing scheme, but it works something like this: Six teams of two slam poets face off in a three-round tournament, leaving only one duo standing. They’ll have to create poetry using “quotes from the Hunger Games novels” and perform a poem “inspired by a district from the Hunger Games.” Yikes. Free. 6 PM.

CHERRY BLOSSOMS: The Southwest Waterfront hosts its annual cherry blossom fireworks festival, featuring food trucks, three stages of live music, face painting, Japanese arts and crafts, a “cherry blossom beach,” and, of course, fireworks at night. Free. 1 to 9 PM.

MUSIC: Brightest Young Things and the Hamilton are showcasing 13 local bands at the first ever Emerging Artists Super Sampler. This edition features Shark Week, who recently played at SXSW, the Animal Collective-ish Drop Electric, and lots more. As with any BYT event, there’ll be a photo booth and other diversions to keep you entertained between sets. Tickets ($20) are available online. 8 PM.

SHOP: The DC MeetMarket between Dupont and Logan Circles features local artisans, vendors, and food. Check out handmade toys, locally made salsas, chocolates, clothes, and art, and much more. Free. 11 AM to 5 PM.

FIGHT: You’ve spent every slumber party of your life practicing for this—now it’s time to show your pillow-fighting skills to the world. Grab a pillow or two and head to the Washington Monument for the largest fluffy fight you’ve ever seen as part of National Pillow Fight Day—yet more proof that anything and everything has a national day. Free. 3 PM.


Sunday, April 7

SHOP (FOR MUSICAL STUFF): Attention, musicians: Toki Underground’s space is being taken over for a couple of hours to showcase guitar pedals and other DIY musical-effect-producing accessories. Noise Kick Effects, Sean Ryan Customs, Earthquaker Devices, Cricket Cemetery, and TTLLYBLWN Audio will all be in attendance. Free. Noon.

SHOP (FOR OLD STUFF): Notoriously Vintage takes over the Moishe House pop-up space for one day only—the Refinery 29-featured vendor and a host of other local pickers will be selling off their latest finds for both men and women. Free. Noon to 4.


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