Washington, D.C. Events for the Weekend of May 11-13, 2012

Street Arts Extravaganza

All week the Kennedy Center has been sponsoring performances by street artists at various locations around the city and on its own Millennium Stage as part of Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America. Wednesday through Friday you can still catch lunchtime performances from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Farragut Square, and evening shows at the Kennedy Center, but even bigger things are planned for Friday night and Saturday. At Friday night’s LOOK UP! Night Street Fair, the Old Post Office Pavilion from 8 to 10 p.m. will host jugglers, unicyclists, and street puppeteers, and from 9 to 10 p.m. the Old Post Office walls facing Pennsylvania Avenue will be the site of a large-scale vertical dance performance put on by Project Bandaloop. It all wraps up on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at Yards Park with Street Arts in the Park, where literally dozens of dancers, musicians, magicians, puppeteers, and even rope-jumping champions will perform. All performances are free, including those at the Kennedy Center.

Embassies, Redux

If you missed last week’s ambassadorial open houses, don’t fret, and if your appetite for embassies was only whetted, rejoice, because this week 27 more embassies are opening their doors to the public as part of the European Union Embassies’ Open House. Many will have food and drink to sample, or even full meals to purchase. At the Open House site you can find a map showing all 27 European embassies participating (which includes the historical oddity of the French hosting the Germans, whose own embassy is undergoing renovation), along with the routes of free shuttle buses to carry visitors from Metro stops to embassies and back again.

Circle Dance

This Sunday, from 3 to 9 p.m., join a dozen Washington, D.C. dance companies in Dupont Circle for an afternoon of performances and instruction. At Dance in the Circle you’ll be able to watch and learn from cloggers, hip-hop dancers, flamenco dancers, and modern dancers, among others. As night falls, the parquet floor will turn into a dance party. Rain pushed this event back nearly a month, so don’t be misled if you see it listed with an April date.


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