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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.

150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act that freed more than 3,000 slaves in Washington. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Kevin Burkett.

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.

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