This seems to be the time of the year during which we grow and adapt. Intellectually as we find new hobbies and subjects to educate ourselves on, physically as we change our wardrobes and bodies to match the changing seasons, and emotionally as we reconnect with the stories of our history.
I’m planning to spend the weekend rediscovering myself, and there are some ways that you can as well. Start the weekend out by doing some spring cleaning (or helping someone else out with this task) by participating in Curb Day 2009. On Sunday, clean out your closet and upgrade your wardrobe simultaneously by participating in a Recessionista’s Closet Clothes Swap.
If you’re in the mood to learn something new, enjoy a Sitar Concert (see photo) with a native of Bangladash, Alif Laila this afternoon, or stop in to see one of the featured films of the Reel Time Brazil Film Festival this weekend. To top the weekend off, travel back in history by participating in the festivities at the 18th Century Market Fair at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, just a few minutes outside of the city.
Alif Laila Sitar Concert
Presented by the Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company
Saturday May 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm Westminster Presbyterian Church 400 I Street SW (Waterfront Metro)
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Alif Laila was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her connection with the arts was very deep since early childhood. After initial training in vocal music, she was eventually inspired to learn the sitar by her mother, Shehida in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Alif embraces the Sitar as the instrument of her soul. For more information please visit her website:www.aliflailasitar.com and blog:http://aliflailasitar.blogspot.com.
Curb Day 2009
May 16, 2009
More info. at http://www.curbday.com/
Saturday, May 16, 2009 has been designated 'Curb Day 2009: the world's biggest giveaway'. The idea is for people across North America to participate by bringing their extra (but still still valuable) items to their curbs for others to pick up that weekend.
Recessionista's Closet: WIN Clothing Swap!
Sunday, May 17
2pm–4pm WIN office (11 Dupont Circle, NW Suite 243)
For more information and to RSVP email the Environment Network Chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't throw away your clothes when you resurrect your summer wardrobe. Clean out your closet and get "new to you" items while helping the environment -- just imagine how much cotton we will save. Wearable or easily repairable items - no undies please! Clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories welcome. Extra clothes go to good causes - Dress for Success, Amicus Green Building Drive (to become insulation for habitat homes in the gulf coast), and Goodwill.
Brazilian Film Festival
Friday, May 15th – Sunday, May 17th
The Hirshhorn Museum (Independence Avenue at Seventh Street, SW---L’Enfant Plaza Metro) AND The Greenberg Theater (4200 Wisconsin Ave, NW---Tenleytown Metro)
“II Reel Time Brazil – a Documentary Film Week” The Embassy of Brazil, along with the Smithsonian Latino Center, will present the film festival – II Reel Time Brazil this weekend, May 15th - 17th. The festival will showcase five documentary films that highlight Brazilian culture through the stories of historical Brazilian icons. Three of the films will make their U.S. debut. The Embassy has once again invited film directors and special guests to speak with audience members about the making of the featured films. All festival events are free and open to the public. Seats are on a first come, first served basis.
Saturday, May 16th
4:00pm – 5:30pm "Pan-Cinema Permanente" Permanent Pan-Cinema, Greenberg Theater 6:00pm – 7:15pm "Panair do Brasil" Greenberg Theater
Sunday, May 17th
4:00pm – 5:30pm "Só Dez Por Cento é Mentira" Only Ten Percent is a Lie, Greenberg Theater 6:00pm – 7:30pm "Simonal – Ninguém Sabe O Duro que Dei" Simonal – No One Knows How Tough It Was, Greenberg Theater
Spring 18th Century Market Fair at "Claude Moore Colonial Farm"
Saturday & Sunday, May 16 & 17
11 am - 4:30 pm
6310 Georgetown Pike , McLean, VA 22101 http://www.1771.org/
A visit to the Claude Moore Colonial Farm is a visit to another world ...the world of an 18th Century family living on a small, low-income farm just prior to the Revolutionary War.