Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week May 11-13: Cinderella, Free Vodka, and an Outdoor Concert at the Park

Here are the best events around town.

Check out the vibrant costumes on stage at Rossini's Cinderella at the Kennedy Center this week. Photo by Brett Coomer.


OPERA: Check out the Washington National Opera’s production of Rossini’s Cinderella at the Kennedy Center. The three-hour opera features over the top, colorful costumes–yellow and pink wigs included. And tonight’s ticket holders get an added perk: There’ll be a free Q&A after the show. 7 PM, $25 to $300.

DRINK: Kick off the week with free booze. Stop by the Park at 14th tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 PM for a Ciroc party, featuring an open bar and appetizers. There’s more: Party-goers get three tokens in order to vote in a cocktail competition pitting 20 DC bartenders against each other.


EAT: Two restaurants come together for a cause. At chef Seng Luangrath’s Thip Khao, try food made by neighboring chef Deth Khaiaphone of Doi Moi, who offers a special three-course dinner: green mango salad, curry vermicelli noodle soup, and yellow mung bean cake. This pop-up noodle shop benefits Legacies of War, an advocacy group for the impact of Vietnam War-era conflict in Laos. 6 PM, $30.

THEATER: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead opens on Tuesday at the Folger Theatre. The tragicomedy by Tony Award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard runs through June 21. And if it’s anything like the blooper video above, it’s sure to be a compelling show. 7:30 PM, $30 to $75.

MUSIC: Tennis–the Denver-based, husband-and-wife band–started writing music when they were living on a sailboat a few years ago. Now they’re selling out shows everywhere from Hollywood to Brooklyn–and have what might just be the coolest band website ever. Watch them perform at U Steet Music Hall at 7 PM. $18.


EAT: At this event at the National Museum of American History’s Warner Bros. Theater, you can learn about the history of American sushi. And you get to do it by watching sushi-making demonstrations and sampling sake, Japanese snacks, soy sauce, and, of course, Sapporo beer. 6 PM, $40.

MUSIC: Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams teams up with the US Air Force Band for Sila: The Breath of the World–music inspired by nature. At this outdoor show at Meridian Hill Park, the performance features only brass and percussion. Upcoming shows vary; woodwinds, strings, and voices will be at Constitution Gardens on May 15 and the full ensemble will be at the Jefferson Memorial on May 16. Free.