Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Weekend April 23-26: Ben Williams, Free Outdoor Movies, and Food Truck Parties

Here are the best events around town.

DC native Ben Williams celebrates the launch of his latest album at the Hamilton on Friday. Photo courtesy Bennie Barnes.

COMEDY: You might recognize Bobby Lee from Harold & Kumar, Pineapple Express, the Dictator, or as a speaker on Chelsea Lately’s roundtable. That pretty much sums up what kind of humor you can expect at his show at the Arlington Drafthouse this weekend. Brace yourself for lots of jokes about his parents. $22, 7:45 PM.

FILM: Stop by E Street Cinema for a talk with Ann Hornaday, film critic at the Washington Post, and Arch Campbell, a longtime entertainment and culture reporter. The discussion is just one part of Filmfest DC, which closes this weekend. $13, 7 PM.

ART: Feeling crafty? Check out the Smithsonian Craft Show at the National Building Museum for a peek into the work of 121 craft artists, peddling everything from furniture to ceramics at this four-day event. $17 for one-day pass, $30 for two days, 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

MUSIC: Celebrate the release of DC native Ben Williams‘s latest album, “Coming of Age,” at the Hamilton. Williams–a bassist, bandleader, and composer–is a Grammy Award-winning Juilliard grad, who will be making his first film appearance in Don Cheadle’s upcoming directorial debut, Miles Ahead. $20 to $25, 8:30 PM.

THEATER: Leave the kiddos at home for this one. Le Bon Ton Extravaganza at the State Theatre promises a “sexy” and “astonishing” show where the cast will show audience members the “decadent art of striptease.” There will be feathers, dancing, and lots and lots of shimmying. $15, 9 PM.

EAT: Rejoice, food truck fans. Today is your day. Check out a roundup of 60 food trucks at Taste of Three Cities, featuring live music and booze for $15 from 11 AM to 9 PM. Then hit up Truckeroo, a free monthly festival with 20 food trucks from 11 AM to 11 PM.

MUSIC: Two great shows on Saturday in Washington, including cabaret/jazz singer Ute Lemper at 8 PM at Sixth & I, who will be crooning songs from her latest album, Forever: the Love Poems of Pablo Neruda ($38). Over at the Hamilton, check out singer/songwriter Vienna Teng‘s exuberant pop music from her latest album, Aims. $25 to $35, 8:30 PM.

FILM: With great weather comes great outdoor films, so enjoy the weekend with free screenings of Shakespeare films at Yards Park, which culminates with a screening of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the Taming of the Shrew. Screenings begin at sundown; be sure to arrive between 7:30 and 8 PM.

COMEDY: Free comedy is the best kind of comedy. Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR’s trivia comedy show, Ask Me Another, hosts a free performance at the Kennedy Center, starting at 5:30 PM.