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Each week's issue of what's happening in d.c. presents you with events and special occasions going on in the area over the weekend. On this permanent D.C. guide page you'll also find information on sights and resources you can enjoy year round in the D.C. area.

MUSEUMS

The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world and has hundreds of artifacts on display, including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, and a lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. Free admission. Independence Ave at 6th St, SW

The national treasures in the National Museum of American History preserve the memories and experiences of the American people. Daily programs are offered that look at the major themes of our national experience by bringing history to life and providing the public with a strong sense of the American identity. Free admission. 14th St and Constitution Ave, NW

The National Museum of Natural History educates, enlighten and entertain millions of visitors each year through exhibits including a look at the history and cultures of Africa, info on early Mammalian ancestors and primate diversity around the world, an examination ancient life forms including the ever popular dinosaurs, and an exploration of the beauty of rare gemstones and uniquely colored diamonds. Free admission. 10th St and Constitution Ave, NW

The National Portrait Gallery tells the stories of America through the individuals who have shaped U.S. culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists who speak American history. Free admission. 8th and F St, NW

The recently-opened 250,000-square-foot Newseum offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. Student admission: $18. Pennsylvania Ave and 6th St, NW

The International Spy Museum is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and features an extensive collection of spy artifacts and helps bring to life the strategies and techniques of the men and women behind some of the most secretive espionage missions in world history. Regular admission: $18. Community nights: FREE admission to permanent exhibits on the last Wednesday of every month from 5pm-9pm. Reservations can be made online. 800 F St, NW

The Phillips Collection is America's first museum of modern art. Paintings by Renoir and Rothko, Bonnard and O'Keeffe, van Gogh and Diebenkorn are among the many stunning impressionist and modern works that fill the museum's distinctive building. Weekday admission: free, donations gladly accepted. Weekend student admission: $8. 1600 21st St, NW

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presents a narrative history using more than 900 artifacts, 70 video monitors, and four theaters that include historic film footage and eye-witness testimonies. Free admission. For peak season (March-August), passes must be obtained at the museum on a first-come, first-serve basis. 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW (by 14th Street and Independence Ave).

The Corcoran presents American and international art and exhibits with a special emphasis on education, not just in the Corcoran’s classrooms but in its galleries and throughout the greater Washington region. Student admission: $8. 500 17th St, NW.

THEATER

The Kennedy Center presents the greatest performers in music, dance, and theater to the public. Hundreds of free performances are offered every year featuring national and local artists. Tickets can be purchased at kennedy-center.org, at the box office, or by calling (800) 444-1234. The Kennedy Center offers a limited number of Specially Priced Tickets (SPTs) at 50% off the full Box Office price, subject to availability, to full-time students. 2700 F St, NW

The National Theatre presents Broadway shows, musicals, professional touring attractions, and free family and community outreach performances. Tickets can be purchased by going to the box office, calling (800) 447-7400, or online at www.telecharge.com. 1321 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.

Warner Theatre: The Warner Theatre is a live concert venue which hosts musical performances as well as theatrical and dance productions. The theatre is also home to the BET Honors ceremony, held annually. Tickets can be bought at the box office, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling (202)397-SEAT. 513 13th St., NW.

Harman Center for the Arts: The Harman Center is home to Shakespeare Theatre Company, which presents classic theatre in an accessible, skillful, imaginative, American style that honors playwrights’ language and intentions while viewing their plays through a 21st-century lens. 610 F Street, NW.

Wolf Trap: A typical season at Wolf Trap includes something for everyone with performances ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to orchestra, dance, theater, and opera, as well as innovative performance art and multimedia presentations. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (877) WOLFTRAP, or at the Wolf Trap Box Office. 1551 Trap Road Vienna, Virginia 22182.

Capitals
Regular Season: October – April Stadium: Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004
Tickets can be purchased online, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, or by calling (202) 266-CAPS

Redskins
Regular Season: September – January
Stadium: FedExField, 1600 FedEx Way Landover, MD 20785
Tickets can be purchased online; approx. $22+

Nationals
Regular Season: April – October
Stadium: Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
Tickets can be purchased online, at the Nationals Park box office, or by calling 888-632-NATS; approx. $5+

DC United Regular season: March – October
Stadium: RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St, SE Washington, DC 20003
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or by calling 202-587-5000; approx $25+

The National Zoological Park is a 163-acre zoological park, home to 2,000 individual animals of nearly 400 different species. Its best known residents are its giant pandas, Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and their cub, Tai Shan. 3001 Connecticut Ave NW

With the White House as a back drop, President’s Park is a great place to enjoy open space and spend time with history. Over time the Park has played host to suffragettes, freedom riders, anti-war protestors, Easter egg rollers, and participants of holiday festivities. 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the nation's history, walk along a quiet trail, bicycle along Rock Creek, attend a Ranger led program, and view wildlife at Rock Creek Park. 5200 Glover Road NW

At Anacostia Park, hundreds of acres are available for playing sports, picnicking, roller skating, and golfing, while marinas, boat clubs, and a public boat ramp provide for access to the tidal Anacostia River for recreational boating. 1900 Anacostia Dr SE

Preserving America’s colorful Canal era and transportation history, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is 184.5 miles of adventure. Millions of visitors hike or bike the C&O Canal each year to enjoy the natural, cultural and recreational opportunities available. Georgetown Visitor Center: 1057 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW

DC Restaurant Week: During this semi-annual event, DC restaurants offer lunch and dinner meals at a set price of $20.09 for a three-course lunch and $35.09 for a three-course dinner.

Looking for a specific type of restaurant?Use the Washingtonian Restaurant Finder and search by neighborhood, price, cuisine, or rating.

Special Occasions

Central Michel Richard offers a selection of traditional American cuisine with a special French flair in a comfortable, Parisian style setting. The crowd is a who’s who of Washington, from media mavens to politicos. Dress: Upscale casual. 1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (Federal Triangle, Metro Center).

At The Source, guests can enjoy modern interpretations of Asian dishes with bigger, bolder flavors than you’d expect to find in Asian cooking, executed with a deftness that could convince you the master chef himself was in the kitchen. Dress: Upscale casual. 575 Pennsylvania Ave. (Archives-Navy Memorial, Judiciary Square.

Taberna del Alabardero, designated as the “Best Spanish restaurant outside of Spain” by the Spanish government, provides the best of Spain's cuisine by offering classical dishes which reflect various cooking styles from the country's regions. Dress: Business attire. 1776 I Street NW (Farragut West, Farragut North).

Mio represents what the District is known for: sophisticated flavors and classic ambiance. Mio provides guests with Modern American cuisine, highlighting seasonal flavors, local market ingredients and dynamic presentations that leave the guest’s mind and body fulfilled. Dress: Upscale casual. 1110 Vermont Ave., NW (McPherson Square).

DC Cheap Eats

Since 1958, Ben's Chili Bowl has been a landmark restaurant in D.C., known locally and nationally for its famous chili half-smokes, chili dogs, milkshakes, and its rich history. Locals, politicians, celebrities and tourists all flock to Ben's for its great food, service and family atmosphere. 1213 U Street, NW.

At Ray’s Hell-Burger, the decorations include a pirate flag, butcher-shop diagrams, and piles of red meat waiting for the grinder in a starkly lit open kitchen. It might look like something out of Sweeney Todd, but instead of the worst pies in London, you’ll find the best burgers in Arlington. Or anywhere in the area. 1713 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA.

North and South converge at Deli City, a combination New York deli and soul-food café. This popular sandwich shop specializes in roast beef, pastrami, and other smoked meat. 2200 Bladensburg Rd., NE .

Adams Morgan: Eclectic Adams Morgan is where buttoned-up DC lets its hair down. The neighborhood is a global village, lined with restaurants serving cuisine from around the world. At night, Adams Morgan transforms into one of the city's hotspots for music, dancing, and bars.

Anacostia: Known for its beautiful late 19th-century architecture, Anacostia encompasses some of DC's most fascinating sights and best views.

Brookland/Northeast: Sometimes called “Little Rome,” Brookland/Northeast has a collection of more than 60 Catholic sites and is home to the 446-acre National Arboretum, the Franciscan Monastery, and the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center.

Capitol Hill/Capitol Riverfront: The Capitol Hill neighborhood packs powerful attractions like the Library of Congress and Supreme Court and beautiful treasures like the Folger Shakespeare Library, National Postal Museum and Union Station. The new, emerging Capitol Riverfront has been making headlines as home to the nation's first "green" ballpark at Nationals Park and modern developments along the waterfront. The main non-residential corridor of Capitol Hill is Pennsylvania Avenue, a lively commercial street with shops, restaurants and bars.

Downtown: A crossroads of culture and entertainment, downtown is full of must-see sights like the International Spy Museum, Newseum, Madame Tussauds, the new National Museum of Crime and Punishment, Ford’s Theatre, and more, all of which share the streets with hot new restaurants and lounges. Chinatown is nestled in the heart of the neighborhood, which is also home to the Verizon Center, an arena that hosts college and professional sports action and star-studded concerts all year round.

Dupont Circle/Kolorama: With beautiful Victorian architecture, charming cafes, and trendy shops and galleries, Dupont Circle is perfect for exploring on foot. Bistros, bars and boutiques line the streets, and the largest concentration of international embassies sits just northwest of the circle, giving the neighborhood an extra dash of global flavor.

Foggy Bottom: Nestled between Dupont Circle, Georgetown and the White House, this corner of the city plays host to diplomats, dignitaries and celebrities who visit neighborhood landmarks such as the IMF, the World Bank, the Kennedy Center the Department of State, and Watergate. Foggy Bottom stretches down to the Potomac shoreline, welcoming runners, bikers and water sports enthusiasts to the southernmost point of Rock Creek Park.

Georgetown: Founded in 1751, historic Georgetown is known for its designer and mainstream boutiques, picturesque historic house museums, and its seemingly endless list of cafes, restaurants and bars. Walk in the footsteps of presidents and scholars, athletes and socialites, as you take in the sights and stories of this action-packed waterfront neighborhood. Whether you're a tourist, eccentric heiress, college student, or history buff, Georgetown has something for you.

SW/Waterfront: Southwest Waterfront is currently undergoing an extensive process of development and renewal, with efforts being directed toward creating vital and thriving spaces and producing an active, mixed-use, urban riverfront that showcases distinctive cultural destinations.

U Street: U Street, the birthplace of Duke Ellington, has long been a center of Washington's music scene, with the Lincoln Theatre, Howard Theatre, Bohemian Caverns, and other clubs and historic jazz venues. On weekend nights and even during the week, throngs from the city and suburbs, along with hip city visitors, crowd the dozens of restaurants, bars and clubs of U Street Corridor.

Woodley Park/Cleveland Park: Woodley Park/Cleveland Park are lively residential districts whose tree-lined streets are flanked by friendly boutiques, coffee shops and sidewalk cafés featuring cuisines from around the world. Popular sites include Rock Creek Park, a vast urban green space home to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, and the Washington National Cathedral.

Eastern Market: Eastern Market is a public market located on Capitol Hill where vendors sell fresh meat and produce in indoor stalls and outdoor farmers' stands. It is also the site of outdoor arts & crafts fairs and flea markets every weekend.

Arlington, VA: In Arlington, you’ll find world-class dining, shopping and nightlife around every corner. It is also home to national historic landmarks like the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon Memorial and the U.S. Air Force Memorial.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival annually commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, honoring the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan. Today, more than a million people visit DC each year between the end of March and the beginning of April to admire the blossoming cherry trees and attend events that herald the beginning of spring in the nation’s capital. Signature events include: Smithsonian Kite Festival, Lantern Lighting Ceremony, Grand Sushi & Sake Tasting, a Japanese street festival and daily cultural performances.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage produced outdoors on the National Mall for two weeks every summer overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. Usually divided into programs featuring a nation, region, state or theme, it is an educational presentation that features community-based cultural exemplars.

Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Festival celebrates the joy of reading and lifelong literacy. Every year at the end of September, the festival features over 70 award-winning authors, poets and illustrators of subjects ranging from history and biography to mysteries, thrillers, poetry, and books for families and young people. Festival attendants can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, and participate in a variety of learning activities.

Every December, our local and national communities come together to celebrate the Christmas season and to share the message of peace at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, accompanied by a diverse program of holiday music from performers around the country.

SOMETHING TO ADD?
Send your D.C. weekend event and feature suggestions to mbastudentservices@georgetown.edu for inclusion in next week's newsletter. what's happening in D.C. is put together weekly by Stephen Alfandre and Rachel Claremon.