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Things to Do in DC This Weekend: Free Salsa Class, Green Film Festival, and a Lemur Party

Washington's best events for March 19-22.
A still from Silent River, this year's winner of the Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award. Check out the short flick at National Geographic tonight. Photograph by Jason Jaacks.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19
FILM: Catch three short flicks at National Geographic’s environmental film festival, including this year’s winner, Silver River–a 25-minute documentary about a young woman’s fight to save one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico. Plus, you get to meet two of the filmmakers. 7:30 PM, $15.

DRINK: It’s not every day that there’s a lemur party in town, so here goes: The Lemur Conservation Network is throwing a fest at Right Proper Brewing in Shaw, featuring $1 off most drafts, live music by Bitter Dose Combo, and raffle prizes, which include a lemur bobblehead. 6 PM to 10 PM.

MUSIC: Hip-hop artist and Ghana native Blitz the Ambassador performs tonight at the Howard Theatre. Blitz’s music mashes popular African sounds with American soul in telling a greater story about immigration and the West African diaspora. 8 PM, $15 to $75.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20
COMEDY: Get your laughs on at the Black Cat, where Story League returns with its second Master’s Championship Audience members get to vote for the winner of this comedy competition, hosted by DC comedian David Tveite. $20, 9 PM.

MUSIC: Dance along to Chris Lake‘s EDM beats, including his hit song, “Sundown,” at U Street Music Hall, part of the U Street Music Hall Anniversary Week. 10 PM, $15.

ART: Local artist Larry Lairson gets frisky with glue for his first solo exhibit, User Error, at Honfleur Gallery. Stop by the opening reception to find out how Lairson uses glue in a creative stretch of the medium of painting. 6 to 8 PM.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21
MUSIC: A string quartet? Sounds lame, right? Not so in the case of Brooklyn Rider, a dynamic, energetic group of four “classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars,” according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Find out how these dudes are making string instruments cool again at Sixth & I. $28, 7 PM.

PHOTOGRAPHY: In Scaling Washington, photographer Colin Winterbottom showcases large-scale images of the post-earthquake restoration of important DC landmarks like the Washington Monument. This debut museum exhibition takes you inside the scaffolding and offers a fresh perspective on buildings you’ve seen a million times before. $8, 10 AM to 5 PM.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22
BOOKS: You might remember The Remains of the Day, the 1993 flick starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson that racked up eight Academy Award nominations. Well, now’s your chance to meet the brains behind the movie–award-winning British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, whose book inspired the film. Ishiguro will discuss his first novel in a decade with Alan Cheuse, book reviewer for All Things Considered. 4 PM, $17.

DANCE: This dance party kicks off at 5 PM at the Kennedy Center, where DC Casineros–a Cuban dance company–will perform some cha cha cha and Afro-Cuban rumba to the beat of Timba Street, a modern salsa band. Bonus: There’s also a free salsa class.

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