Spring Entertainment Guide

AlunaGeorge will play at the 2017 Broccoli City Festival. (Courtesy photo)
AlunaGeorge will play at the 2017 Broccoli City Festival. (Courtesy photo)

Festivals:

Filmfest DC
Thursday, April 20 – 30 Tickets: www. lmfestdc.org

For its 31st year, Filmfest DC will bring 80 films from 45 countries to D.C. for 11 days for this one exciting festival. Favorites in comedy, drama, social justice and more, this year’s festival also includes a new section, Division and Debate, highlighting films that touch on today’s current issues. Featured films include: All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone, Backpack Full of Cash, The Man Who Was Too Free, and This is My Land (Opening Night feature).

Broccoli City Festival
Saturday, May 6
Tickets: www.bcfestival.com

Broccoli City will celebrate the 5th annual Broccoli City Festival at the historic Gateway DC, featuring two stages with performances from some of today’s most popping artists. Performers include Rae Sremmurd, Solange, 21 Savage, AlunaGeorge, Lil Yachty, Kevin Abstract, Rapsody, Smino, Chaz French, Nick Grant, Rejjie Snow and Sir the Baptist. This year the organization will introduce the inaugural BroccoliCon, an immersive social entrepreneurship focused two-day conference, as part of a weeklong series of events. The innovative event will kick off the celebration of the five-year anniversary of the music festival.

DC Bike Ride Finish Festival
Sunday, May 14
Tickets: www.dcbikeride.com

DC Bike Ride, the region’s premier scenic urban bike ride, has announced its Finish Festival Main Stage lineup for the post-ride celebration as well as entertainment acts throughout the 20-mile course. The second annual DC Bike Ride takes place on Sunday, May 14. DC Bike Ride’s Finish Festival will be headlined by a DJ set by hip-hop star Biz Markie. Also scheduled for the Main Stage is one of D.C.’s favorite cover bands, Jeff  From Accounting. Local spin master DJ Smudge rounds out the Main Stage performance roster. The Finish Festival, which will kick off at 9:30 a.m. and continue through 1 p.m., it will be located on Pennsylvania Avenue between 6th St. NW and 7th St.
Music:

Kehlani
Sunday, April 2
The Fillmore Silver Spring
Tickets: www. llmoresilverspring.com
Special guest include Ella Mai, Jahkoy, Noodles

Curren$y
Friday, April 7
The Howard Theatre
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com

Chris Brown The Party Tour
Friday, April 21
Verizon Center
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com
The concert will also feature 50 Cent, O.T. Genasis, Fabulous and Kat G

Big Sean: I Decided Tour 2017
Saturday, April 8
The Fillmore Silver Spring
Tickets: www. llmoresilverspring.com Special guest include Madeintyo, DJ Mo Beatz, Neisha

Gucci Mane
Thursday, April 27
Echostage
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com

Trey Songz
Sunday, May 14
The Warner Theatre
Tickets: www.warnettheatredc.com

The Weeknd Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour
Thursday, May 18
Verizon Center
Tickets: On sale now at www.ticketmaster.com

Culture:

Everything’s Better in a Skirt
Saturday, April 15 Anacostia Arts Center

Designer Cecily Stewart Habimana will be showcasing her new Spring 2017 collection at Nubian Human Boutique Lounge from 12 – 5 p.m. with an extravagant evening of fashion and fun. Simply Cecily is known for its use of rich fabrics, vibrant colors and figure-flattering silhouettes for women of all shapes and sizes. This collection is no different and is sure to compliment the everyday woman’s wardrobe as she prepares for sunnier days. Ultimately, this collection aims to inspire women to be fearless and to express who they are through their clothing, while staying fashionably true to their African culture.

The Woman Who Would Be King
April 27 & 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Anacostia Arts Center – Black Box Theatre Tickets: www.womanwhowouldbeking.com

The Woman Who Would Be King is making its way from South Africa all the way to Washington, DC. This one-woman fictional play is inspired by the life of Hatshepsut, who is known as one of the greatest women in history. In this play, the audience will be able to step into the shoes of a woman who strategically mastered her adversities to emerge as the first female ruler of ancient Egypt.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
On view until Sunday, May 14
The “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” exhibition on view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Scupture Garden is the first exhibition to explore the evolution of the celebrated Japanese artist’s immersive, kaleidoscopic Infinity Mirror Rooms. Alongside a selection of her other key works, some never before seen in the U.S. Following its D.C. debut, the exhibition will embark on the most significant North American tour of Kusama’s work in nearly two decades through 2019.

Pearls of Excellence: An Exploration of Haitian Contributions to American Society
The Embassy of Haiti has embarked on a mission to share Haiti’s culture and history with a diverse audience in the United States. A new key vehicle in this effort is “Pearls of Excellence: An Exploration of Haitian Contributions to American Society” — an ongoing exhibit and educational series that marks historical milestones of Haitians in American history. The exhibit, along with an extensive private art collection from prominent Haitian artists, is now on display at the Embassy of Haiti in Washington DC and is open to the public, at no charge, from Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Social Outings:

Grilled Cheese Social
Saturday, April 1
Marvin Restaurant

Rock Creek Social Club refined the current “day party” phenomenon and added a timeless American favorite to the mix: grilled cheese sandwiches. RCSC teamed up with the restaurant Marvin located in the bustling 14th and U Street corridor, and invites all people to come hang out, drink some spirits and enjoy a one-of-a-kind menu.

44th Annual Hoop Culture Capital Classic presented by Monster
Saturday, April 8
Verizon Center
Tickets: www.thecapitalclassic.com

Hoop Culture and Monster Products proudly present the most legendary high school All-American game in the country, the 44th Annual Capital Classic. The Capital Classic will feature a pair of star-studded contests. The first game will match the Suburban All-Stars against the District All-Stars at 11 a.m., followed by the Capital All- Americans against the United States All-Americans at 1 p.m. Teams are scheduled to be announced soon.

Cherry Blast
Friday, April 14
Tickets: www.eventsdccherryblast.com

Events DC Cherry Blast!, a premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, brings the sights, sounds, scents and tastes of Japan to Washington, D.C., on Friday, April 14 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. as Dock 5 in Union Market is transformed into a vibrant Tokyo streetscape.

The event will feature traditional street food curated by Chef Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto, craft vendors, gaming lounge, interactive art displays and a pulsating soundstage with DJs and entertainers to fuel the dance party throughout the night.

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