Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Weekend January 21-24: See a Trippy Circus Show at Atlas Performing Arts Center

Marmalade by the Claire Parsons Company is a Fellini-esque circus that will entertain young and old alike. Photograph courtesy of the Claire Parsons Company.


EAT: Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar prepares for its Truxton Circle debut with an outside-the-box meeting of the food-focused minds. Anxo’s chefs Brad Walker and Alex Vallcorba bring their cider and pintxos (toothpicked snacks from Basque country) to The Source, where Chef Scott Drewno will add the restaurant’s Chinese flare to some of the pintxos. A la cart menu, 5:30 PM. 

ART AND EAT: At first glance, pancakes, booze, and art don’t form an obvious trifecta. But the nation-wide “Pancakes & Booze Art” show wants to change your mind about that. Head over to Penn Social on Thursday for live music, emerging artists, body painting, and, most importantly, a free pancake bar. $5, 7PM.


EAT: Tired of waiting in line for the latest DC hotspot, or feeling like you’ve already eaten your way through the entire city? Never fear: today kicks off Montgomery County Restaurant Week. Check out the best eateries that the peripheral DC area has to offer—including Mon Ami Gabi and Olazzo—while not breaking your wallet. $18 lunches, $56 dinner.

MUSIC: Those Darlins will bring their unique blend of alt-country, rock and punk to the Rock & Roll Hotel on Friday for what may be their last time performing in the city, tragically; in December the group announced an “indefinite hiatus” following this tour. $12, 9 PM.

FILM: “Time Capsule: 1966“—part of the Library of Congress’s “Music in 35MM” movie series—is showing the experimental film Chappaqua on Friday. Written and directed by Conrad Rooks, the trippy, autobiographical picture delves into his drug addiction and recovery, featuring cameos by some of the usual suspects from the time: William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. 7 PM, Free.


FOOD AND DRINK: Staying home on Saturday is probably your safest and warmest bet, with Metro closed and all, but if you’re considering venturing out of the house, check out this list of snow storm deals at DC area restaurants and bars.


FESTIVAL: If by Sunday you haven’t yet had enough of winter, then Ice Yards in Navy Yard is the perfect way to spend the day. Come for ice bars, live music, ice sculptures, local eats, a beer garden, and a fire pit. $10, 2 PM.

ART: Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandra’s Can Art Contest is the opportunity to gain recognition for something many of us do after we’ve had too many drinks: construct art made primarily out of beer cans. More importantly, the winner will receive one free pizza a week for an entire year from any Pizzeria Paradiso location. Email to compete, or simply stop by, grab a slice, and check out the creations. 11:30 AM. 

THEATER: Marmalade by the Claire Parsons Company at the Atlas Performing Arts Center will entertain both kids (who may be experiencing snow-induced cabin fever) and adults alike. The circus-like performance gives audience members the opportunity to explore the world “through body, eye, feeling and taste in a room with fluffy skirts, soft circus, and Fellini music.” $9, 3:30 PM.