Independent Books, Arbor Day and Heaps of History –


The last weekend of the month, from April 26 to 28, is full of activities. Along with the events celebrating Arbor Day and Independent Bookstore Day, highlights include the DC Author Fest, the Georgetown French Market, the Georgetown House Tour, and the National Arboretum Garden Fair and Plant Sale. There are also several jazz concerts, discussions of DC history, an exotic bird show at the National Zoo, a family day at the museum, and an open studio for a local glass artist.

Weather forecast calls for another episode of rain on Friday – which will result in showers every weekend in April. The rest of the weekend should be sunny, however, with some cloudiness on Sunday and temperatures ranging from 48 to 73 degrees.

Washington-native Michael W. Twitty, author of “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South,” is the guest speaker at the DC Author Festival on Saturday at the Library of Congress. (Photo by Johnathan M. Lewis)

1. Local literature: The DC Public Library will present the DC Authors Festival Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Library of Congress in the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Writers from the DC area will participate in workshops, discussions, social events and professional development. Specific topics include publishing and marketing your first book, structuring a novel, and writing short stories. James Beard Award-winning author and DC native Michael W. Twitty is this year’s guest speaker. At 1:30 p.m. in the Mumford Hall, he will discuss his writings on the history of food and African-American culinary culture. Local groups and businesses such as the Washington Independent Review of Books, The Writer’s Center, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and Mason Jar Press will also be on hand to share information about their work. Entrance is free, but Online registration is required. … Saturday is also Independent Bookstore Day. The very first “Exploring the DC library”Will showcase the city’s bookstores with limited edition items, discounts and other festivities. Politics and prose, Busboys and poets, Books from rue du pont, Eastern Town Bookstore, The potter’s house, Wall of books, Capitoline Hill Books, Semiconductor books, Loyalty bookstore and Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café all participate.

The district will hold its first-ever Arbor Day festival at Oxon Run Park, the largest park maintained by the city of DC. (Photo courtesy of DC Department of Transportation)

2. Nature: The very first Tree festival at Oxon Run Park takes place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 13th Street and Valley Avenue SE. The free, family-friendly event hosted by the Urban Forestry Division of the DC Department of Transportation will celebrate existing trees in the largest city-maintained park in DC and provide opportunities to plant new trees. The day also includes tree climbing, do-it-yourself nesting box-making workshops, nature walks and bike rides organized by Capital Bikeshare and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. Local jazz and go-go group JoGo Project will perform at noon. Participation in activities is on a first come, first served basis, with registration forms at the reception kiosk. All ages are welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring folding chairs as space is limited. Children aged 5-18 can climb trees, but their parent or guardian must sign a disclaimer. Food trucks will be on site with snacks to buy.

Washington, DC Jazz, Reverend Sandra Butler-Truesdale is a co-author of Washington, DC Jazz. (Photo courtesy of Reverend Sandra Butler-Truesdale)

3. Jazz: There are plenty of opportunities to experience jazz in the district this weekend: First, on Friday night, the Ellington Fund and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts present the concert “The city of jazz. Sunny Sumter, Executive Director of DC Jazz Fest, will host the event, which features performances by the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Orchestra, Cyrus Chestnut and Marcus Johnson and celebrates what would have been the 120th anniversary of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington Tickets are $ 10 for students, $ 25 for general admission and $ 45 for a VIP ticket which includes a reception at 6:30 p.m. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., with an after party and a jam session at 10 p.m.… Then Sunday, Loyalty bookstore hosts Reverend Sandra Butler-Truesdale, who co-wrote the book Washington, DC Jazz on the history of jazz in the city. There will be opportunities to get the book signed, as well as free wine. The event is from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 827 Upshur St. NW. General admission is free, with a option to buy a book and a reserved seat for $ 25. … Finally, DC Jazz Jam hosts a quartet of jazz teachers from the famous Mahidol University College of Music in Bangkok on Sunday at Brixton, 901 U St. NW, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. concert is part of a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities funded “Sister cities”Artistic exchange between DC and Bangkok.

4. Local art: Mid City Artists, a group of professional artists from the Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods, showcase new kiln-formed art glass creations from DC-native Robert Wiener at a workshop open in spring. This free event takes place Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DC Art Glass Studio, 1322 Corcoran St. NW. Wiener began making art in 2002 after taking his first art glass course at the Millennium Art Center in DC. He eventually quit his day job in accounting and finance to devote himself to art. He opened his own studio, DC Art Glass, in 2004, according to his website. Also on Sunday, a new collective of artists’ workshops called Crestworth will host a review session open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 4602 14th St. NW. Local artists are welcome to attend with or without examples of their own work. Four of the building’s 10 studios are still available, so Sunday’s gathering is also a time for artists interested in joining in to tour the space. Register now online for this free event, which includes drinks and snacks.

A historic photo from a National Park Service collection shows a building in the town of Reno, with the Fort Reno Water Tower in the background. (Photo courtesy of the Humanities Truck)

5. Education: The Humanities truck brings academics from American University to different communities in the DC area. This weekend, students in the university’s public history program will present programs across two neighborhoods in Northwestern DC: On Saturday mornings, immerse yourself in the the story of the iconic Park & ​​Shop Mall in Cleveland Park with local residents at the Cleveland Park Farmers Market, 3426 Connecticut Ave. NW, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The program, entitled “Site of Imagination: The Park and Shop at Cleveland Park“, will examine why the square is” considered innovative by some and obsolete by others, “organizers say. Then, on Saturday night, learn about the origins of Fort Reno Park in Tenleytown when an African-American community was suppressed dynamic known as Reno City. This debate, “Finding Reno (and the people who called him home)Will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Fort Reno Park, 4000 Chesapeake St. NW. The program will begin with a tour led by local architect and historian Neil Flanagan, who has done extensive research on the city of Reno.

Bird behaviorist Phung Luu will exhibit his flock of exotic birds at the National Zoo on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of the National Zoo)

6. Animals: Sunday is the last chance to see the free limited edition show Birds in flight in the Great Prairie at the Smithsonian National Zoo and Institute for Conservation Biology, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ornithological behaviorist Phung Luu will exhibit his flock of exotic birds. Visitors will have the opportunity to take photos and feed the birds by hand. Managers will choose a variety of species to display, such as owls, buzzards, hawks, macaws, parrots and crows.

7. Architecture: Dating from 1931, the Georgetown House Tour of Historic Homes from the 18th and 19th Century raises funds for the ministry and outreach programs of St. John’s Episcopal Church. The self-guided tour takes place this Saturday, with featured homes open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase (or pick up after registration and online payment) starting at 11:00 am in St. John’s, 3240 O St. NW. Ticket prices vary from $ 40 to $ 55, which includes admission to a parish tea and a panel discussion with designers and architects. High tea is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the church’s Blake Room, where tea sandwiches and homemade sweets will be served. The neighborhood residential design discussion with four well-known Georgetown architects and interior designers begins at 3 p.m. at the church.

The Friends of the National Arboretum Plant Fair and Sale will take place on Saturday and Sunday. (Photo by Dan Weil courtesy of the Friends of the National Arboretum)

8. Nature: Buy rare, hard-to-find and classic plants at Fair and sale of plants of the Friends of the National Arboretum this weekend, Saturday and Sunday at the US National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. BORN. The event is free and open to the public Saturday noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday morning 9 a.m. to noon is open to members only.) A FONA tent will feature annuals, perennials and the woods for sale, with a “Collectors corner”Filled with special varieties. Sellers will also be on hand to sell food to visitors as well as additional plants and products, ranging from garden accessories to botanical jewelry. Experts will be available to help buyers find the best plants for their garden, and the Washington Revels Gallery Voices will perform madrigals and other songs as they roam the gardens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Profits go to the arboretum.

This weekend’s 16th annual Georgetown French Market Festival will feature items from more than 35 local stores, restaurants, salons and galleries. (Photo by Bob Rives courtesy of Georgetown Business Improvement District)

9. Local outdoor market: Support more than 35 local businesses at the 16th edition Georgetown French Market, a free European-style outdoor market and sidewalk sale in Georgetown’s Book Hill neighborhood along Wisconsin Avenue from O Street to Reservoir Road NW. Presented by the Georgetown Business Improvement District, the fair takes place Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. caricature, street artists and French jazz and live gypsy. See a video highlights of the 2017 market and Pictures years spent to get a feel for what to expect.

ten. Family fun: The American University Museum welcomes visitors of all ages on Saturdays for its free day of family fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The day includes activities such as art projects, treasure hunts, guided tours, storytelling and music. Children must be supervised by an adult. Register now online and check in at the door.

This post has been updated to correct the address of Loyalty Bookstore.


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