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(May 5) May 5
It was 150 years ago tomorrow that the Mexican army managed to overpower French forces at the Battle of Puebla, which makes this year’s Cinco de Mayo all the more worth celebrating. The Mexican Cultural Institute in Northwest is throwing a fiesta Saturday with lots of music and samples of food from the state of Puebla.
(May 6-July 1) Xanawho? Xanadu!
If you haven’t celebrated disco, or roller skates, or legwarmers in a while Xanadu hits the Signature Theatre’s stage this Sunday. The Washington premiere of the musical comedy promises to transport you to a Venice, California of yesteryear where a Greek muse inspires a struggling artist to create the first-ever roller disco.
(May 6) There’s no app for that
If you’d rather cozy up to a good book than a raucous work of musical theater, there’s the Literary Hill BookFest Sunday afternoon at Eastern Market. More than 30 authors, all of whom call Capitol Hill home, will discuss their novels, biographies, historical accounts, and children’s books.
Music: “Mariachi el Bronx” by Mariachi El Bronx
Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.
Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.