Things to Do

Things To Do in DC This Week March 28-30: Light City Baltimore, Sunset Ping Pong, and a Film Noir Double Feature

You'll want to trek up to Baltimore see these lights. Photo courtesy of Philip Vile.


FESTIVAL: San Diego may have the Gaslamp Quarter, but it was actually our neighbors in Baltimore who, 200 years ago, were the first to illuminate their streets with gaslights. You can trek up to Charm City until April 3 for Light City Baltimore, a music and arts festival with more than 50 concerts, 100 performances, and 28 original interactive light art installations along the waterfront. Among Monday’s visual entertainment, you can get down with Baltimore’s soul/funk sensation Bosley and catch a performance of “Ballet Ballistique” by Single Carrot Theatre. Free, 7 PM.

FILM: Watch two magic-themed noir films from the 1930s at the AFI Silver and Cultural Center on Monday. First up is The Spider, during which a magician is forced to put on his detective hat after shots are fired during his act. Then it’s Trick For Trick, where the ex-colleagues of a former magician’s assistant are considered the main suspects in her murder. $13, 7 PM. 

MUSICAL: American cowboy musical 110 in the Shade continues its run at Ford’s Theatre until May 14. The play focuses on single woman Lizzie Curry, who lives on a ranch in Texas in the 1950’s, and her struggle to find love. Everything is upended, though, when a suave conman named Starbuck comes to town with the promise of using his skills as a rainmaker to end the area’s drought. $38-$62, 7:30 PM.


DRINK: Soon-to-be-open ANXO Cidery will celebrate the roll out of ANXO/Millstone Collaboration #2—the second time they’ve joined forces with Millstone Cellars in Baltimore—with a cider class at Petworth Citizen. Attendees can taste Collaborations #1 & #2 from ANXO and three other ciders from Millstone as they learn about the cider-making process from Millstone’s cidermaker Curt Sherrer. $27, 6:45

FILM: The Freer and Sackler Galleries will be screening the Washington Jewish Film Festival feature Tikotin: A Life Devoted to Japanese Art at DCJCC on Tuesday. The documentary profiles the life of Felix Tikotin: a German Jew who fled Berlin and lived in Holland in hiding during the Holocaust but still managed to become a pioneer in Japanese art. $13.50, 7:30.


PING PONG: WeWorkDC’s weekly sunset ping pong tournament at the courtyard in front of 2121 Crystal Park is a chance to enjoy warm weather and friendly competition. It’s Berlin-style ping pong, which means it’s played in groups, and each person rotates a turn on the table until they’re disqualified. The winner gets to move onto the next round, and receive a $25 gift card to Arlington bar Highline RxR. Free, 5:30.

BOOKS: Augusten Burroughs, the biting, David Sedaris-esque essayist and memoirist best known for his book-turned-movie Running With Scissors, comes to the Busboys & Poets on 14th and V. Burroughs is promoting his latest work Lust & Wonder: A Memoir, which explores a love life that seems to constantly fail despite frequent successes in the literary world. Free, 6:30.