Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week May 4-6: Sufjan Stevens, Maryland Film Festival, and a Bread Seminar

Here are the best events around town.

Sufjan Stevens performs at DAR Constitution Hall on Tuesday. Photo courtesy Asthmatic Kitty Records.


FILM: Munch on fancy popcorn and enjoy wine flights at Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, while watching Somm, the documentary about four wine nerds as they prepare for the famously difficult Master Sommelier exam. After the movie, several DC sommeliers will compete in a blind wine tasting. $30, 6 to 10 PM.

MUSIC: Grey’s Anatomy fans might recognize Matthew Mayfield’s songs “First in Line” and “Better“–both of which were featured on the show. Watch the Birmingham native perform tonight at Hill Country. $10 to $12, 9 PM.


THEATER: Following their mother’s death, four sisters come together to make a family quilt. But when they start reading their mom’s will, things take a turn. Check out this new play–called the Blood Quilt–at Arena Stage. $45 to $80, noon.

MUSIC: Listen to Sufjan Stevens’s whispery voice at DAR Constitution Hall, where the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter performs songs from his new album, Carrie & Lowell. $38, 7 PM.


SEMINAR: Bread seminars are the best kind of seminars. Bread Furst’s Mark Furstenberg leads a seminar and tasting hosted by Smithsonian Associates at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, where he’ll chat about the history of bread, baking tips, and his passion for baking. $30, 6:45 to 8:45 PM.

BOOKS: Another event organized by Smithsonian Associates: Brad Garrett of Everybody Loves Raymond fame hosts a lecture at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. He’ll also be signing copies of his book, When the Balls Drop. $20, 6:45 to 8:15 PM.

FILM: The Maryland Film Festival debuts on Wednesday and runs through May 10. Opening night at the MICA Brown Center is devoted entirely to short films, including ESPN’s documentary on the “bad boy of bowling,” Pete Weber. Bonus: Opening night tickets also get you access to the afterparty. $75, 8 to 11 PM.