(March 20-April 27) Cherry, Cherry
It’s that time of year again. But this time it’s even more special than usual. The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off today to mark the hundred-year anniversary of Japan’s gift of 3000 trees. You have five weeks worth of events to choose from and there are probably a few that suit your particular preferences, be they parades, performances, samurai cinema, soccer tournaments or kite festivals.
(March 19-May 11) The Old Print Blossoms
Northwest Washington’s Old Print Gallery is so on board with the Cherry Blossom centennial and they’re willing to prove it. BLOSSOM DC celebrates the beauty and energy of springtime blossoms with the prints of District artists, New Yorkers, and pros from the 20th century through May 11th.
(March 23) Actual Kabuki
If the blossoms are putting a little bounce in your step, you’re not alone. The Kennedy Center hosts Kabuki dance master Bando Kotoji Friday night to ring in peak bloom with celebratory, tragic, and dramatic moves. The dances are all accompanied by live percussion, chants, and the traditional three-stringed Japanese shamisen.
Music: “Pink Diamond (edit)” by Dustin Wong