Get Up & Dance

Ever wish you could dance like they did on the train platform at the end of Slumdog Millionaire? Well, here’s your chance. There’s a Bollywood flash mob set for the Fiesta Asia Street Fair on May 22 on Pennsylvania Avenue NW (between 3rd & 6th Streets).

A tutorial for the dance is available on YouTube to learn ahead of time, and there are practices April 17th & 19th at Saffron Dance studio in Clarendon (3260 Wilson Boulevard).

You know you want to. And what better way to make friends than to dance?

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Cherry Blossoms!

blossomsEven though the peak blooms were this past weekend, there’s still plenty of fun to be had down by the Tidal Basin.  I just learned about ranger guided lantern walks – National Park Rangers give free guided tours of the cherry blossoms by lantern light on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8 – 10 pm. Meet at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and the Washington Monument Lodge. They recommend bringing your own flashlight.  (The walk is about a mile and a half, so be prepared and wear comfortable shoes.)

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Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

Ok, I know it’s wrong, but I want to go to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival at some point because a co-worker of mine whose wife is really into the knitting said that he goes because of the lamb kebobs.  Yes, not only do they fleece ’em, but they then grill them as well (that’s sadistic and friggin’ awesome in my book). The festival takes place May 2-3, 2009 (this weekend!) at the Howard County Fairgrounds in Friendship, Maryland. There’s all kinds of events from spinning and dyeing classes to felt making and weaving demonstrations. Hell, there’s even a sheep beauty pagent of sorts (they call it the “Parade of Sheep Breeds”). Find more information and directions, etc. on their site:

And if you go, bring me back a kebap!

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Birbiglia – He’s in the Future Also

Mike BirbigliaEverywhere I go — there’s more Mike Birbiglia. He performed at the taping of This American Life and now this. A tour. The first time I heard Mike Birbiglia’s stand up he was opening for Jon Stewart at Merriweather Post. We’d missed the majority of his routine thanks to lousy dinner planning, but we caught his bit about playing Scrabble with Snoop Dogg. That was all I needed to hear. Now he’s coming to the Warner Theatre in DC on October 10th. It’s a pretty big venue for a stand-up, but I think he’ll fill it.

Grab your tickets now:

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This American Life – Live Taping

This American Life - Live Taping

This American Life - Live Taping

Stating that something will be “beamed via satellite” to select theatres sounds antiquated, but that’s the charm of This American Life which will be taping a stage show tonight, April 22nd, in New York City (natch) and “beaming” it using “technology” to movie theatres where we TAL nerds will sit munching on our German licorice and/or fancy schmancy malted milk balls from Dean and Deluca. Because I can’t just eat regular Whoppers like the rest of you.

Get tickets by visiting the This American Life’s site.

Update: If you missed the show, they’re doing an encore presention on May 7, 2009 in participating theatres, which is cool because the show featured both Mike Birbiglia and Joss Whedon… Joss Whedon singing. Yes, that Joss.  Again, tickets from This American Life’s site.

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