Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week April 27-29: Spandau Ballet, Poetry Readings, and a Moroccan Festival

Here are the best events around town.

Bust out your scrunchies and spandex. The '80s are back with Spandau Ballet's performance at 9:30 Club. Photo by Scarlet Page.

BOOKS: The percentage of single adults has grown by 17 percent since 1950, according to Kate Bolick, a journalist whose beat involves writing almost exclusively about single ladies and marriage. Bolick chats about her new book, Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, with Scott Stossel, editor of the Atlantic, at Sixth & I tonight. 7 PM, $15.

ART: Play vintage video games, goof around in front of a screen of falling text, and listen to music made by clouds at this new exhibit–called “Watch This! Revelations in Media Art”–at the American Art Museum.

MUSIC: Take a step back in time to the ’80s, when the British band Spandau Ballet became one of the decade’s top New Romantic bands, along with the likes of Duran Duran. No shocker here, but this is the band’s first North American tour in nearly 30 years. All the more reason to bust out your scrunchies and spandex and head on over to 9:30 for a blast from the past. 7 PM, $45.

FESTIVAL: Get your fix of handcrafted Moroccan goods–including pottery, purses, cookware, and textiles–as well as food and music at the Moroccan Artisans Festival at Market Square in Alexandria. April 26 to 29, 10 AM to 7 PM.

POETRY: Two poetry events in Washington on Wednesday: Don Share, editor of Poetry magazine, will be at Upshur Street Books at 7 PM discussing his most recent books, including Wishbone and Union. At George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, check out the National Finals of Poetry Out Loud, a national arts education program where high schoolers compete in reciting classic and contemporary poems. 7 to 9:15 PM.

FILM: Street Sense, the biweekly newspaper, will release a few films as part of its filmmaking cooperative. All three films were created by currently or formerly homeless men and women–those who have often been subjects of documentaries but rarely have had the chance to stand behind the camera. This free screening at E Street Cinema includes a Q&A with the filmmakers. 6:30 to 8:30 PM.