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Things To Do in DC This Weekend March 3-6: Old Books, Whisky Walks, and a “Docu-dance” at Atlas Performing Arts

Dancer/choreographer Mirenka Cechova (pictured) is one of myriad artists you can catch at Atlas Center for Performing Arts’ annual Intersections Festival. Photo by Martin Marak.

THURSDAY, MARCH 3

DISCUSSION: Journalist and author Rebecca Traister goes deep into the power of unmarried women—a now prominent demographic in the United States—in her book All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation at Politics & Prose. Traister, whose previous book explored the impact women had on the 2008 elections, examines unmarried women through demographics such as class, race and sexual orientation. Free, 7 PM.

MUSIC: Walter Martin—writer and instrumentalist for The Walkmen, a much-loved indie rock band with DC roots—performs some very non-Walkmen-like songs at The Hamilton as part of the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival Kickoff Show series. REI will raffle off products throughout the show, and Living Classrooms Foundation will be giving free tickets to the April 30 Festival to the first 100. $15-$20, 7:30 PM.

FRIDAY, MARCH 4

DRINK: Bar crawls are so passé. Why not try a Whiskey Walk instead? Attendees will tour bars in Dupont and Logan Circles, receiving 8 whiskey tastes along the way. A bonus: There will be a live bagpiper. $55, Noon.

BOOK FAIR: Bibliophiles—you’d be remiss not to spend at least part of your weekend perusing the 41st Annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair. Check out everything from rare books and maps to autographs. A special feature: On Friday, from 2-5 PM, you’ll have the chance to receive a unique, personalized poem from Typewriter Rodeo. $5-$12, 10 AM.

MUSIC: The inaugural Breakin’ Even Fest kicks off tonight at Songbyrd. The two-day festival features 13 of the region’s best punk and pop-punk bands, including Loud Boyz, Slingshot Dakota, and Timeshares. In addition, cool merch, records, and even a guitar will be raffled off both nights. $12-$27.50, 7:00 P.M.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

PERFORMANCE: Anacostia Arts Center presents “See. Speak. Feel.,” a celebration of the region’s up and coming singers, writers, poets, dancers, and visual artists. Expect lots of passionate, politically-minded work. $20, 7 PM. 

DANCE: Atlas Performing Arts continues this year’s Intersection’s Festival with a wide variety of performances by local artists in areas. On Saturday, be sure to catch featured artist/dancer/choreographer Mirenka Cechova in a dazzling performance of her “docu-dance” FAiTH: “an exploration of art, faith and the search for essential meaning through art told through the story of a prima ballerina who lost her art and thus her will to live.” $30, 9 PM

SUNDAY, MARCH 6

PERSIAN NEW YEAR: The Free Sackler Gallery celebrates Nowruz, the Iranian festival of Spring and the official Persian New Year. Enjoy food trucks, a photobooth, art activities, and a chance to learn about Persian culture and traditions, as well as the opportunity to check out the gallery’s featured exhibits: “Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan and “The Heart of an Empire: Herzfeld’s Discovery of Pasargadae.” Free, 11 AM

MUSIC: Sunday brings a night of diverse indie groups to 9:30 Club: baroque pop band Ra Ra Riot, bouncy Baltimore rock collective Sun Club, and queer punk duo PWR BTTM. Where else will you be able to find a bill like this? $22, 7 PM. 

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