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Where & When: What to Do this Weekend

Cherry blossoms, film screenings, record-setting yoga—all that and more going on this weekend.

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Thursday: There is such a thing as free lunch. To show off its new lunch menu, Urbana is giving away 300 bagged lunches stuffed with a pulled-pork-and-Parmesan sandwich, dill pickle, bottle of water, and chocolate-chip cookie. The giveaway starts at 11:30 and is first come, first served.

The Best of British Noir series at the AFI Silver Theatre wraps up this weekend with one of the genre’s best examples: The Third Man. Starring Orson Welles, the 1949 film tells the story of a novelist investigating the mysterious circumstances around the death of a close friend. Showtimes are 7 and 9:15. Tickets ($10) can be purchased online or at the box office.

This week’s Phillips After Five—the after-hours party at the Phillips Collection held every first Thursday of the month—draws its inspiration from the current Georgia O’Keefe exhibit as well as the ongoing Cherry Blossom Festival. Starting at 5, models will walk the galleries sporting springwear from Mazza Gallerie’s Neiman Marcus meant to emulate O’Keefe’s bold color palette. Also, a fashion-themed scavenger hunt will take place, with prizes awarded to the winning team. Sake and various types of sushi will be served. Jazz ensemble Minor Thought with Maureen Mullaney will provide the evening entertainment, performing an original piece celebrating O’Keefe. Admission is by donation.
Also happening at the Phillips tonight and every Thursday through April 22: Green Hours, a happy hour held in the museum’s cafe in celebration of upcoming Earth Day. Organic wines and local beers such as Starr Hill and Dogfish Head will be served, with $1 of each purchase going to benefit the Earth Day Network. Free admission.

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.

Bad Thursday—get it, because it’s almost Easter?—is the theme for WTF, the always-bizarre and entertaining gay-alternative variety show at Town. Expect bunnies, music from DJs Bradley Portnoy and Edd Bailey, and a special appearance by the pope himself. The show—and, trust us, it really is quite a show—starts at 9. Admission is $5.
Friday: In honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Stage at the Sylvan Theatre (on the Washington Monument grounds) is holding free musical 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.

Starting today, the Freer Gallery’s museum shop is hosting a three-day trunk show and sale of vintage Japanese kimonos, as well as bags, scarves, and other textile accessories. A fashion show followed by a discussion on the cultural significance of traditional kimono garb will be led by Kyoto Kimono store owner Nancy McDonough at 1 on both Friday and Sunday.

The Pink Line Project Line’s Cherry Blast party at the Warehouse (1701 Florida Ave., NW) in Adams Morgan will have video installations, a sake bar, artwork from up-and-coming artists from George Washington University, and music sets from some of the best local DJs, including Fatback and Matt Hemerlein—what more could you ask for? A make-out room, you say? You got it! Advance tickets are sold out, but tickets ($10) will be sold at the door. The party starts at 9.

If you love audience interaction while watching a movie, you’ll want to check out the special screening of the Karate Kid at the Arlington Cinema ‘n’ Drafthouse. New York City comedy group the Raspberry Brothers will launch into jokes and rants about the 80s kid-film as it plays, providing entertaining commentary. Tickets ($10) can be purchased here. The film starts at 9:45.Saturday: Forget Peeps—Brabo pastry chef Kate Baltren has a better way to combine marshmallows and Easter. At a demonstration class—which runs from 2 to 4 at the Butcher’s Block, a Market by RW—she’ll show guests how to hand-dip marshmallows in chocolate and use colored white chocolate to decorate egg-shaped marshmallows. You can buy the white chocolate after the class—flavors are mint and strawberry. To reserve a spot, call 703-894-5252.

Cinephiles, we’ve got a couple of suggestions for you: First, the National Gallery of Art is showing a series of experimental Spanish films that have been organized by theme and technique. Documentary shorts will be shown at 2, and a collection of Super-8 and 16 mm films will screen at 4. At the Freer Gallery, Chocolate Underground, Takayuki Hamana’s anime film about two kids running a bootleg chocolate operation, will screen at 11. Susan Napier, author of Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle, and From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Mind of the West, will host a discussion after the film. Screenings at the National Gallery of Art and the Freer Gallery are free.

Commemorating the start of the season, Nationals’ third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is hosting a party at K Street Lounge. The event starts at 9 and will have an open bar until 10. DJs will play sets of 80s tunes. For more information and to RSVP (there is no cover charge if you do), click here.

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: Happy Easter! Take a look at our handy guide to find out what local restaurants are serving for the occasion. We’ve also got a fun video on how to make yummy marshmallow peeps. And, while you’re at it, make sure to browse our Cherry Blossom Guide for an insider’s look at this year’s festival.