FYIDC: Best Bets

A little bit of this, and a little bit of that.

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We’re sensing a bit of spring in the air (“Snowquester” was a bust after all), and looking forward to a colorful and eclectic week of art, music and real-life pirate ships as a result. Here, our favorites.

An exploded grenade hale from the ship, now on display at the National Geographic Museum. (Photo by Rebecca Hale © National Geographic )

Pirates Booty

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship
Opens Friday, March 8 through September 2
National Geographic Museum
1145 17th St. NW
202-857-7588
$11 adults; $7 children 5-7: Free children under age 5

See real-life gold coins, artillery artifacts and other equipment recovered from notorious pirate Sam Bellamy’s flagship vessel, discovered by underwater explorer Barry Clifford almost 300 years after it was lost in a storm.

and Dj Dave Aude (Grammy-nominated producer, house DJ, and remixer (Photo by Vithaya Photography)

24-Hour Party People

DC Revel Electronic Dance Party Series
DANK with DJ Neekola
Wednesday, March 13
Capitale
1301 K St. NW Suite 103
202-962-3933

Start the weekend off right with a dance party to beat dance parties. This week’s featured spin master is DANK, with Washington’s own DJ Neekola warming up the dance floor.

stars in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” at the Kennedy Center (Photo by Scott Suchman)

Operatic Heights

Manon Lescaut
Through Saturday, March 23
Kennedy Center
2700 F St. NW
800-444-1324
$25-$310, available online here

Patricia Racette is earning rave reviews for her portrayal of Puccini’s tragic heroine in “Manon Lescaut,” the story of a young woman who escapes a life in a convent and falls in love, only to be lured away by wealth.

Mark Kitchell’s “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet) (Courtesy Photo)

Cinemaphiles

Environmental Film Festival
Tuesday, March 12 through Sunday, March 24
Various Venues
Check film schedule for ticket information

The film season may be winding down, but not for environmental activists. Get inspired or learn more about the state of our planet at this always eye-opening and stirring cinema fest.

Anna Ancher, Harvesters, 1905; Oil on canvas, 17 ? x 22 ? in. (43.4 x 56.2 cm.); Skagens Museum, Inv. 1465 (Courtesy photo)

Art Talk

A World Apart: Anna Ancher and the Skagen Art Colony
Through Sunday, May 12
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave. NW
202-783-5000
$10 adults; $8 students; museum members free

NMWA’s exhibit celebrating the art of Anna Ancher (1859-1935) — the only woman member of the Skagen Art Colony — nicely rounds out the Nordic wave hitting the country. Based in classic techniques, including plein air, this collection of more than 40 paintings and oil sketches by the Danish artist and more than 20 of her colleagues from the colony vividly showcase everyday life in Denmark. In celebration of Women’s History month, stop in March 11 for what is sure to be a lively discussion about women in leadership roles, sponsored by the Danish Embassy.

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