Things to Do

What to Do This Weekend: April 25 to 28

A margarita bar crawl, the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, and a “Lord of the Rings” marathon.

Sample margs from eight U Street bars during Saturday’s Margarita March. Image via Shutterstock.

Thursday, April 25

Sarah Silverman brings her often edgy standup to the Warner Theatre tonight. She’s recently shown
off her acting chops with a dramatic turn in
Take This Waltz—and a decidedly less dramatic turn voicing Vanellope von Schweetz in
Wreck-It Ralph. Tickets ($39.50 to $59.50) are available online. 8 PM.

BURLESQUE: I’d argue that the people involved in this new wave of burlesque in DC are already
pretty nerdy, but the
Evil League of Ecdysiasts Burlesque goes a step further with the Nerds Gone Wild night at Bier Baron. As they put it,
they “do the weird stuff—and you can watch.” Tickets ($10) are available online. 7:30

Vice has a new HBO show, and the Newseum hosts an exclusive screening of two episodes
before they air. I highly doubt you’ll get to see Dennis Rodman hamming it up with
Kim Jong Un in North Korea, but you never know. Afterward, there’ll be a Q&A with
Eddy Moretti and Jason Mojica, producers of the show. Free. 7:30 PM.

BEER: Donate $15 to the
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the Bullpen outside Nats Park and drink $1 beers until 9 PM. You can still make
it in to watch the game by, say, the sixth inning. 4:30 PM.

Friday, April 26

COMEDY: It’s time for Wonderland Ballroom’s
Don’t Block the Box comedy night again—this time Tim Miller, who has regularly performed at the Improv
and the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, headlines; Elahe Izadi, Jamel Johnson, and
Sean Joyce open. Afterward, things get sloppy on the dance floor. $3. 7:30 PM.

DANCE: The Knocks pretend like they’re from New York City, but they play DC so often you barely notice.
The “Dancin’ With the DJ” deejays will be at Georgetown’s brand new Malmaison right
under the bridge on K Street (it’s opening night—let us know how the venue is). $10;
RSVP online. 10 PM.

STORYTELLING: On Reddit, the Confession Bear meme is all the rage, with some guy maybe or maybe
not confessing to murder a couple weeks ago. Hopefully you won’t hear anything that
dark at
Story League All-Stars at Black Cat. But the theme of the night is “shocking confessions,” and these comedians
and storytellers always want to one-up each other, so expect things to get weird.
$15. 9 PM.

Saturday, April 27

BLUEGRASS: Head to Kingman Island on the Anacostia River for the fourth annual
Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, featuring dozens of food trucks, beer from breweries such as Sierra Nevada, and
seven hours of bluegrass music, featuring the Hackensaw Boys, Dead Men’s Hollow, and
more. Tickets ($10) are available online. 1 to 8 PM.

BOOZE: If you manage to survive the
Margarita March, please go home and drink at least five glasses of water and pop an Advil or two,
or your Sunday will not be the best. But the bar crawl itself sounds like a blast—eight
U Street bars try to one-up one another with the best 12-ounce margarita they can
mix up. Things get started at Alero and end up at Stoney’s. If you need to take a
break from the margs, there will be specials on Mexican beers and food pairings at
each venue. Tickets ($50 with margaritas, $20 without) are available online. Noon.

MIKE TYSON: Public service announcement: Any time
Mike Tyson is in DC doing a show called Undisputed Truth, I’m going to include it here. You
should probably spring for the $300 front-row seats at Warner Theatre—just watch your
ears. Tickets ($35 to $300) are available online. 8 PM.

COMEDY: Three comedy duos—Jive Turkey, Topher & Joe, and Shawn Mikael(s)—perform at the DC
Arts Center’s
2x2x2 (I did the math for you—it’s eight). It’s a mix of improv, standup, and variety.
Check it out. Tickets ($10) are available online. 7:30 and 10 PM.

Dupont Marketplace farmers market and craft fair opens for the spring this weekend at 14th and P streets,
near the Whole Foods, with more than 80 vendors. For more farmers market goodness,
check out the guide in the May issue. 10 AM to 4 PM.

Sunday, April 28

: Dress up as your favorite

Lord of the Rings
character and strap in for a marathon of the trilogy at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
starting at noon, with some short breaks for trivia, a Gollum impersonation contest
(film for blackmail purposes), and best costume awards.
The Hobbit not included—probably a good call for now. Tickets ($10) are available online. Doors
open at 11:30.

ART: Penn Social hosts
Marvel, a night showcasing some of the best new performing art, paintings, music, photography,
film, and fashion DC has to offer. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
6:30 PM.

FOOD: The Birchmere hosts its annual
Carpenter’s Cook Off, featuring 30 chefs trying to wow you with their concoctions. Fifty bucks gets you
three hours of food and drink tastings. Tickets are available online. Noon.

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