It’s official: this year peak bloom for the Tidal Basin’s cherry trees, the time when 70 percent of the blossoms are open, runs this week through Saturday. Not coincidentally, the Cherry Blossom Festival opens this week too. This is a big year, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington. Check out our write-up of the Festival for lots of links to tours and package deals. Or see the official Festival website for a full schedule of events, including interactive art demonstrations and performances for families at the National Building Museum on Saturday and Sunday, a bike ride on Sunday along the Georgetown waterfront hosted by the American Diabetes Association (reservations required), and Sunday’s Opening Ceremony at the Walter Washington Convention Center.
Among the most powerful singers in the world is surely Benin-born Angelique Kidjo, whose eclectic Afropop-based style has attracted handfuls of awards, including a Grammy, over the course of her twenty-year career. TIME called her “Africa’s premier diva,” and The Guardian named her one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World. This year she put out a live album with Dianne Reeves, Branford Marsalis, and Josh Groban, and this Saturday at 8 p.m. she performs at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. Tickets are $25 to $45, or $15 for students and alumni.
Rum was a forgotten liquor a decade ago, an unfashionable mixer for college girls’ sweet drinks. Then came the Dark & Stormy, the mojito, and its cousin the caipirinha (yes, technically made with cachaça), and rum began to claw its way back to respectability. But 200 years ago rum was one of Colonial America’s biggest industries, and this Saturday Gadsby’s Tavern Museum turns the clock back to those days with its 8th Annual Rum Punch Challenge. From 7 to 9:30 p.m., sample rum punches from local distilleries, restaurants, and caterers, along with Colonial-era food. Tickets are $50, which includes food and punch, or $100 for a pre-event VIP rum tasting with Bacardi.
Symposium: The Japanese Influence on American Craft
Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Mar 24, 2012
10:30 am – 12 pm
RFK Stadium Festival Grounds
Saturday, March 24, 2012
12:30pm – 9:00pm
Tickets: $25 and up