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Weekend Round Up February 13, 2020
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Sonya Bernhardt -- The Georgetowner Newspaper Sonya Bernhardt -- The Georgetowner Newspaper
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Dateline: Georgetown , DC
Thursday, February 13, 2020

 
A scene from "Pilgrims Musa & Sheri in the New World." Photo by Christopher Banks. Courtesy Mosaic Theater Company.

Add some tequila, Italian desserts, love songs, opera and LGBTQ+ artwork to your Valentine’s celebration this weekend. Mosaic Theater’s multicultural rom-com is wrapping up and American Ballet Theatre has danced into town with “Giselle.” Sunday options include ikebana and chili eating. And where better to celebrate Presidents’ Day than Mount Vernon? For more February events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.

Final Performances: ‘Pilgrims Musa & Sheri in the New World’

Winner of the Steinberg New American Play Award, this romantic comedy by Yussef El Guindi follows Musa, a new immigrant from Egypt, as he picks up Sheri, a boisterous, quirky waitress, after her shift. Shirley Serotsky directs this Mosaic Theater Company production. Final performances at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE, are: Thursday, Feb. 13, and Friday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $65. For details, visit mosaictheater.org or call 202-399-7993.

Valentine’s Day Tequila Tasting

Cielo Rojo Restaurant, 7056 Carroll Ave. in Takoma Park, Maryland, will hold seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. for a 21+ tasting of G4 tequilas on Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14. After a house margarita, each of four tequilas will be paired with a tapas-sized plate of food, ending with dessert. Tickets are $100. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Reception: ‘My Queer Valentine’

This free Valentine’s Day event — on Friday, Feb. 14, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. in Alexandria, Virginia — starts with a reception for “My Queer Valentine,” a playful but poignant exhibition exploring non-heteronormative relationships. A gallery talk and DIY art-making will follow. For details, visit torpedofactory.org.

Love Songs at Strathmore

“America’s Got Talent” winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will serenade couples with classic love songs at a Valentine’s Day concert on Friday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. in North Bethesda, Maryland. Tickets are $28 to $45. For details, visit ampbystrathmore.com or call 301-581-5100.

Valentine’s Ball at Italian Embassy

Also on Friday, Feb. 14, at 8:30 p.m., this magical evening for couples and singles at the Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW, will feature Italian desserts, an open bar, a live orchestra, a late-night DJ, dancing, movies and a presentation of opera excerpts including the balcony scene from “Roméo et Juliette,” set in Verona. Tickets are $90 ($128 VIP, with 7 p.m. admission for a champagne reception and dinner buffet). For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Presidential Family Fun Day

On Saturday, Feb. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW, will host a free Presidents’ Weekend fun day of crafts, music, dancing, games and special tours of “America’s Presidents.” The Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents and experts from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will be on hand. For details, visit npg.si.edu or call 202-633-8300.

JazzFest Party at DC Defenders Game

The DC Defenders XFL team is offering a 30-percent ticket discount to DC JazzFest fans when the Defenders play the New York Guardians on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. at Audi Field, 100 Potomac Ave. SW. Click here for discount tickets (purchase two tickets at $128 or choose “keep shopping” to look at another price point). Questions? Contact Matthew Smith at matthew.smith@xfldefenders.com or 202-869-1898. After the game, the party will continue at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, Maryland, where the Paul Carr Group will perform at 7 p.m. For details, visit midatlanticjazzfestival.org.

Valentine Date Package: ‘Cinderella’

The Center for the Arts at George Mason University, 4373 Mason Pond Drive in Fairfax, Virginia, is offering a Valentine date package for Virginia Opera’s performances of Rossini’s “Cinderella” on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. The package includes pre-performance access to the Fairytale Valentine photo station, champagne, chocolates and commemorative champagne glasses. Two tickets to either performance, including amenities, are $115, $175 and $255. For details, visit cfa.calendar.gmu.edu or call 703-993-8888.

ABT Family Dance Workshop

On Sunday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m., artists from American Ballet Theatre will lead a free 45-minute workshop at the Kennedy Center for families with children age 10 and under. Children must participate with an adult. ABT is performing “Giselle” through Feb. 16 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets are $49 to $295. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.

Ikebana at Toki Underground

Toki Underground, 1234 H St. NE, will hold Japanese floral design classes on Sunday, Feb. 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Participants will craft their own arrangements following the principles of ikebana, learning the meanings and placements of each stem. Tickets are $79, including the ikebana frog (vase), sake, tea and small plates. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-388-3086.

Chili Cook-Off at the Midlands

Also on Sunday, Feb. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., Lower Georgia Avenue is keeping it hot and spicy with a chili cook-off at the Midlands, 3333 Georgia Ave. NW. Chefs from the Midlands, DC Reynolds, the Looking Glass Lounge, Cinder BBQ, Here’s The Scoop of DC, Howard University’s NuVegan Café, Just AJ’s and Sweet Sosumba Jamaican Vegan Cafe will compete for the People’s Choice Award. Admission is free. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Washington’s Birthday at Mount Vernon

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway in Mount Vernon, Virginia, will hold a birthday celebration for the Father of Our Country on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free-admission day will include wreath-laying ceremonies at the Washingtons’ tomb at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., a fife and drum demonstration at 1 p.m., military drills on the Bowling Green and book signings by Jeff Finegan and Patrick K. O’Donnell. For details, visit mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000.

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