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Thursday, March 27
- In a city as, ahem, pricy as DC, keeping one’s finances in order is key. To the rescue: Finances De•mys•ti•fied, the brainchild of Dominique Broadway, a finance coach dedicated to helping women with identifying best practices and tools to budget thoughtfully. At tonight’s “Money and Manicures” event, the first in a series of Beauty on a Budget happy hours on the docket, Dominique will share financial and beauty tips alongside mini manicures, raffles, cocktails, and more at Nival Salon & Spa in Chevy Chase. Tickets are $25.
- You’ve probably inhaled the Reuben or snacked on the decadent Schmutzy Fries at DGS Delicatessen, but tonight’s your chance to take the relationship to the next level. DGS is kicking off its DGS After Dark series (to take place the last Thursday of each month) with In Rye We Trust. Starting at 8 p.m. at the bar, drinks guru Brian Zipin will be crafting $10 specialty cocktails themed around rye. The Diamondback in particular caught our attention (Rittenhouse Rye, apple brandy, green chartreuse), but there’s a Sazerac on offer and plenty of other options.
Friday, March 28
- Grab the family and head to the Kennedy Center for the International Film Festival’s WORLD STAGES festivities -- which tonight include the US premiere of “The Adventures of Robin Hood” as envisioned by Visible Fictions of Scotland. This is far from your typical rob-from-the-rich story, though — Visible Fictions’s rethinking of the classic story promises raucous fun for the whole family (ages 8 and up) and even features some actors taking on multiple roles for a show that’ll keep you guessing the whole way through. Tickets are $20.
- Sometimes all Friday needs is some good (free) music and a cold brew or cocktail. Take your Friday to the perfect level with a visit to Hill Country Live in Penn Quarter. Virginia-based group The Woodshedders goes on at 9:30 p.m. with a diverse sound that incorporates country, bluegrass, jazz, and more into one cohesive roots band sound they call “Indie Roots Americana.” And when we said free, we meant it — there’s no cover, just jams.
Saturday, March 29
- There’s a bounty of Cherry Blossom Festival programming at your fingertips now that the fest has kicked off — despite the lack of actual blossoms around the Tidal Basin. Grab the family and spend the day at the fourth annual Blossom Kite Festival on the Washington Monument grounds. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and comprise the Competition & Demonstration Field, Family Field, Kite Club Display Area, Activity Tents, and Public Field — basically there’s plenty of fun to go around, plus the skill of kite makers and fliers from around the world on display.
- As for your evening blossom plans, head over to Southwest DC’s beautifully painted Blind Whino space. The former church has been transformed into a vibrant art space that’s perfect for the Cherry Blast Art + Music Dance Party kicking off at 7 p.m. this evening. You’ll find visual and performance art, DJs galore, and much more at the event that strives to go beyond the limitations of a traditional art exhibit. Tickets are $15 ($20 at the door) and the event is 21 and over.
Sunday, March 30
- Whether you’re among DC’s thousands of students, or you’re an aspiring entrepreneur in the area, American University’s Entrepreneur Fest 2014 is a great way to spend your Sunday. This massive startup-focused event targets students and emerging entrepreneurs in hopes of helping them gain business knowledge and take their aspirations from vision to reality. Hear from renowned speakers, learn about startup financing and career opportunities, and much more. Tickets are $18 for students and $25 for general admission.
- Consider yourself a bit of a ping-pong phenom? It’s time to prove yourself with the return of Paddlestar Galactica II, a rousing showdown of a tournament benefitting 826DC. Contenders have been fundraising since the beginning of the month for their chance to continue 826DC’s mission: offering free programming to students to encourage a passion for creative and expository writing. The showdown kicks off at 1 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, and competitors will compete in a bracket-style competition ‘till a winner is crowned.