THURSDAY, MARCH 24
ART: The National Portrait Gallery is getting into the #girlboss spirit for Women’s History Month. This week’s Portraits After 5 is all about girl power; attendees can play table tennis like Venus and Serena Williams, draw in the vivid style of Mickalene Thomas or Diane von Furstenberg, or test their knowledge of women’s history. Snacks, drinks, gallery tours, music, and a scavenger hunt will also be part of the festivities. Free to attend, 5 PM.
COMEDY: Comedian Dominique can thank DC for her start in standup. Before her career took her to LA, the District native was working at the Brentwood postal facility when she decided to give telling jokes a try to escape the doldrums of civil service life. Since then she’s shared bills with the likes of Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan, and appeared on shows such as Last Comic Standing. Catch her in DC Improv’s main showroom until March 26. $17, 7:30 PM.
ART: Sick of trekking to the usual watering hole to unwind after work? Instead, partake in the latest buzzy activity for millennials—adult coloring—at the Georgetown Library. The library will provide the sheets and color pencils; you provide the wide-eyed, prepubescent enthusiasm. Free, 6:30 PM.
FRIDAY, MARCH 25
DANCE: Because of its prominence in our cultural vernacular, it probably seems impossible to create a refreshing take on a Shakespeare play. But that’s exactly what Stephen Mills has done with his sleek, contemporary ballet version of Hamlet, which runs at the Kennedy Center until April 3. Mills captures the drama and angst of the play through raw, beautiful choreography. $25-$110, 7:30 PM.
BEER AND MUSIC: New Belgium will roll out Citradelic Tangerine IPA—its newest beer—with a concert and party at The Black Cat. The Citradelic Experience will feature sets from artists Heavy Breathing, A Marc Train Home and DJ Stylus, plus other features like a photobooth, free screenprints, and the chance to win a bike. Be sure to get there early too, as the first 100 people will get a free glass of their new brew. $10, 9 PM.
SATURDAY, MARCH 26
BEER AND WINE FEST: Just in time for peak bloom is Drink the District’s Cherry Blossom Beer & Wine Festival. Head down to Nationals Park for unlimited tastings of more than 100 beers and wines from across the country, plus grub from local food trucks and live music. Must be 21 or older to enter. $45, 1 PM.
YOGA AND DANCE: WithLoveDC is all about making yoga accessible in unconventional places, and Saturday Night Out Yoga and Dance Party at The Wonder Bread Factory definitely emphasizes the “unconventional.” Enjoy an active evening of yoga and dance while self-described “funky rapscallions” Aztec Sun providing a soulful, groovy backdrop. $12, 8 PM.
SUNDAY, MARCH 27
BRUNCH AND GOSPEL: The District’s most “divine” Easter experience may be at The Hamilton’s Easter Gospel Brunch. If the lively musical stylings of Wilbur Johnson and The Gospel Persuaders don’t convince you, then maybe the all-you-can-eat southern comfort buffet and complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary will. $45.00, 12:30 PM.
WATCH: On Sunday night AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Japanese samurai cult classic The Sword of Doom. The film follows a philandering, morally bankrupt swordsman named Ryunosuke Tsukue who slowly descends into madness. It’s definitely not a movie for the faint of heart. $12, 9 PM.